John Lurie

March 1, 2005

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1952, John Lurie moved to New York in 1976. With his brother, Evan, he formed the musical group the Lounge Lizards in 1978. The Lounge Lizards, embedded in the frenetic downtown no-wave scene, drew their influences from jazz, classical, African, and other ethnic music. In the mid-80s he scored and starred in the cult classics Stranger Than Paradise and Down By Law. He has scored countless films and was nominated for a Grammy for his score on Get Shorty. In the late 90s he directed and acted in his own TV series, Fishing With John, which has been described as "Jacques Cousteau on LSD."

Lurie has been drawing and painting for 30 years. Illness and the unseemly nature of the music business have caused him to drift from music. For the last two years he has been able to focus his creative energies on painting. Naïve and bittersweet, his drawings bear the mark of an outsider, a quality present throughout his idiosyncratic career.

Lurie adds, "I like to draw and paint. It is a river to me. I am not an Indian."