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John Lurie

For all his life, John Lurie has been drawing and painting, yet only in the last eleven years has he chosen to exhibit his work. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1952, John Lurie remains a true American original.

Throughout the 80s and 90s, Lurie led the legendary band, The Lounge Lizards, which Lester Bangs of The New York Times proclaimed as "staking out new territory that lies somewhere west of Charles Mingus and east of Bernard Hermann." In addition, he recorded 22 albums and over 20 film scores including The John Lurie National Orchestra's Men With Sticks and movie soundtracks for over 20 films, the most notable being "Stranger than Paradise," "Down by Law," "Mystery Train," "Manny and Lo," "Clay Pigeons," "Animal Factory," and "Get Shorty," which earned him a Grammy nomination.

In 1999, Lurie created the fictional character Marvin Pontiac and recorded The Legendary Marvin Pontiac - Greatest Hits CD for his own label, "Strange and Beautiful Music". Marvin Pontiac was said to be an insane African musician, who would only record for a label if its president came out and mowed his lawn. Pontiac was later hit and killed by a bus, outside the Esmeralda State Mental Institution.

As an actor, he had starring roles in "Stranger than Paradise and Down by Law." This led to appearances in numerous films with some of the world's foremost directors: Wim Wenders’ "Paris, Texas," Martin Scorsese’s "The Last Temptation of Christ," David Lynch’s "Wild at Heart," as well as a regular role on the HBO series "Oz."

Following his work in film, Lurie went on to write, direct, and star in the critically acclaimed television series "Fishing with John," which aired on IFC and Bravo. Episodes included guests such as Tom Waits, Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, Jim Jarmusch and Dennis Hopper. According to the critic Glenn O'Brien, "Lurie elevates this venerable institution to a whole new level, doing for the American fishing format what Cézanne did for the still life."

In spring 2004, Lurie had his first painting exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, New York. Since then Lurie’s work has been exhibited in esteemed galleries throughout the world. His solo museum exhibits include P.S.1. Contemporary Arts Center in New York, Musee Des Beaux-Arts De Montreal, the 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. Both the Wadsorth Athenaeum in Connecticut and The Museum of Modern Art in New York have acquired his work for their permanent collections.

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's drawings and paintings express a disarming mixture of corrosive wit, raw emotion and unblemished sensitivity. His works bear the mark of an outsider, a quality present throughout his idiosyncratic career. To quote the artist: "I like to draw and paint. It is a river to me. I am not an Indian."