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12/03/2014 - John discusses his paintings that are currently on exhibit at the Museum of Art Deland until December 28th with Richard Reep of the Orlando Weekly. “My mother was an artist,” he explains. “I grew up with the smell of oil paint.” Pursuing first dance, then an art career in 1970s New York, he finally cranked up a rock band to make a living, but he has always painted. Today, compelled more than ever to brush paint onto canvas, Mellencamp is reflective. Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More
10/17/2014 - The October/December Issue of the On View Magazine covering "The Paintings Of John Mellencamp" at the Deland is available now online. Read and view some never before seen paintings photographed at the exhibit in the magazine HERE . Excerpts from the CEO of the Museum of Art - Deland - George Bolge - "Mellencamp's subject matter is of human existence, painted as simply, starkly, and fully as he himself experienced it,"

"Art is not merely something he uses to clarify his position or to give point to his vision of life, it's the very substance of who he is and what he wants to say" Read More
10/10/2014 - Jim Abbott of the Orlando Sentinel spoke with John on Thursday, Oct 9th during a press conference at The Museum of Art Deland about his art and current exhibit "The Paintings of John Mellencamp" opening on Friday, Oct. 10th. The exhibition will contain roughly 50 oil and mixed media paintings, showcasing recent works of art never before exhibited at other museums. Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More
10/10/2014 - John talks about his life and art at a press conference at the Museum of Art - DeLand on Thursday, October 9th. "The Paintings of John Mellencamp" opens today, October 10th through December 28th. . The exhibition will contain roughly 50 oil and mixed media paintings, showcasing recent works of art never before exhibited at other museums. Read the complete interview and view photos of John during the press conference and some of his paintings on Daytona Beach News Journal site. Read More
10/10/2014 - Social media in DeLand buzzed Oct. 8-9 with photos of locals taken with John Mellencamp. The painter and singer-songwriter of hits like "Jack & Diane" and "Our Country" was in town to help open an exhibit of his visual art at the Museum of Art Downtown DeLand gallery at 5 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 10.

His visual art, like his music, focuses on people of small-town and rural America. They're no Norman Rockwell renderings. The paintings depict serious, usually frowning, people who work the farms, the mills and the small businesses: people whose lives have been hard, who don't see much hope for the future, but who keep on going, anyway.

Some paintings depict racism or social injustice.

The painting "Troubled Man" has written into it, "Too late came too early … for me." "BRMC," featuring a frowning man, states, "Some people believe in their dreams and some will follow their dreams – me … I just don't pay any attention to them." Read Pat Andrews' complete article and interview after the jump. Read More
10/09/2014 - "Since 1932, ACA Galleries has championed art with a social message, and John Mellencamp continues this tradition. His powerful paintings speak to the plight of humanity: a voice that is especially relevant in our time.” – Jeffrey Bergen, chairman ACA Galleries, New York.

“The Paintings of John Mellencamp,” which currently is touring the country exhibiting more than 40 works of art opens Friday, Oct. 10, at the museum’s DeLand Downtown location and will continue through Dec. 28.



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