John Lurie

John Lurie emerged onto the art scene in the spring of 2004, when he had his first painting exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery in New York. Lurie’s paintings give life to a mesmerizing, dreamlike universe; his small watercolours on paper glow with troubling beauty. Lurie’s world teems with anthropomorphic animals and lonely silhouettes immersed in a luscious natural environment. The titles are tiny lyrical fragments, oftentimes provocatively worded, that harmonize perfectly with the world depicted in the paintings. His landscapes, and the creatures that inhabit his imagery are never what they appear at first glance. The acid colours seem to be in contrast with the dreamlike, noir-­esque atmosphere; however they are in fact at the very core of the artist’s technique, turning into meticulously-­detailed shapes. This artistic path results in an expressive freedom which transfers the artist’s eclectic imagination onto paper; the results are easily recognizable, his style and touch unmistakable. In Lurie’s universe, elegance can always take a turn for the grotesque, and the landscapes themselves never feel completely reassuring either for their inhabitants and for the viewer. In the last ten years he has claimed a place in the most prestigious public and private collections and had his work exhibited in renewed art galleries and insititutions, such as Moma P.S.1, Musee Des Beaux -­ Arts De Montreal, Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-­Duc Jean in Luxembourg and the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, who gave their entire museum to the presentation of Lurie’s work in 2010. John Lurie’s work has been acquired by the Wadsorth Athenaeum in Connecticut and The Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of the institutions permanent collection. Prior to focusing on painting, Lurie led the band The Lounge Lizards, which produced music for more than 20 years. With his band, Lurie recorded 22 albums and composed scores for directors such as Jim Jarmusch, David Dobkin, Steve Buscemi and Barry Sonnenfeld’s Get Shorty, nominated for the Grammy award. Lurie also starred in Jim Jarmusch movies, as well as a host for other films. He wrote, directed and starred in the cult classic ”Fishing with John”, a series that is now part of The Criterion Collection. Lurie has published two books of his work, Learn To Draw, a compilation of black and white drawings, and most recently A Fine Example Of Art, a full color book of over 80 reproductions. John Lurie was born in 1952 in Minneapolis and now lives between New York and the Caribbean.
Recent solo shows:
2016
M77 Gallery, Milan, IT
2015
Zacheta National Gallery Of Art, Warsaw, PL
2014
Carvin – ­Morris Gallery, New York, USA
2013
Drawing 2013, Amsterdam, NL
2012
Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin, DE
2011
The University Of The Arts, Philadelphia, USA
2010
Gallery Brown, (Print show), Los Angeles, CA, USA
Watari Contemporary Museum Of Art, Tokyo, JP
2009
Frederick and Freiser Gallery, New York, IT
Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JP
2008
Mudam Museum, Luxembourg, LU
Next Art Fair at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, (displayed by Galerie Gabriel Rolt), Chicago, USA
Art Basel, (displayed by Galerie Gabriel Rolt), Basel, Switzerland, CH
2007
Le Musée d’Art Contemporaine, Montréal, CND
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale-­Arizona, USA
2006
Galerie Lelong, Zurich, CH
The Armory Show, (displayed by Galerie Gabriel Rolt), NY, USA
Kunst Rai Art Fair, Amsterdam, NL
P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, NY, USA
Art Basel, (displayed by Galerie Daniel Blau), Switzerland, CH
2005
Roebling Hall, ­NY, USA
The Armory Show, (displayed by Galerie Daniel Blau), NY, USA
Art Basel, (displayed by Galerie Daniel Blau), Switzerland, CH
Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, DE
2004
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA