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James Brown
1985, L.A. James Brown sitting in my living room in front of the first
piece of art I painted, "Dialated Pupils/ Goodbye", 1983.
By 1983 my songwriting chops were suffering severe writers' block. I felt my identity slipping more and more out of my songs in order to get records cut, especially as I was writing with so many artists who weren't great songwriters but wanted to own publishing on their records. One night in 1983 I was so miserable I knew I had to do something to express myself creatively or I would die. I grabbed the can of pink house paint I had just used to paint my bathroom and sloshed three big round blobs on a piece of backdrop paper. My vintage collection all around me
Part of my vintage toy collection
circa 1981. the linoleum on the floor
is a map of the United Sates made in 1943.
, I poked through boxes of old TV knobs and Life and Ebony magazines. As I placed them on the paper I had no idea what I was doing but refused to give in to thoughts of it having no artistic merit, something I had started to become tortured by in my songwriting. As pink was the only color paint I had, I ran out in the pouring rain and bought a few jars of primary color poster paints and by midnight had made my first piece of art, " Dialated Pupils/Goodbye". The next day, Jane Weidlin
"Dialated Pupils/Goodbye"

1983
The very first piece I painted after a grueling night of writers' block. I had no idea what the piece was as I just started painting and plopping things down on the paper as fast as I could before I had a chance to criticize what I was doing. I looked at it all when I was done and wrote "Dear Henry - I don't know who you are anymore. I feel like I'm invisible between your job and that damn tv. I'm at mother's. Don't bother to call. - Eunice" and pasted it on top of a painting mistake. The next day, Jane Weidlin, one of the Go-Go's, came over to write. She asked me who did the painting because she wanted to buy it. I couldn't part with my first piece but she commissioned something else and became a very loyal collector of my art.
, one of the Go-Go's, came over to write. She asked me who did the painting because she wanted to buy it. I couldn't part with my first piece but she commissioned something else and became a
Party At LaWanda's
Commissioned by Jane Weidlin
1984
34" x 48" x 7"
Acrylic, foamcore, wire, metal, wood and plexiglas
very loyal collector of my art.
Jane Weidlin Family Portrait
1984
5' x 12" x 7"
Acrylic, found objects, electronic parts, metal wire and foamcore My first portrait commission, Jane Weidlin of The Go-Go's and her dog and miniature horse.
Jane Weidlin Portrait
detail
1984
5' x 12" x 7"
Acrylic, found objects, electronic parts, metal wire and foamcore
Jane and her
miniature horse.

Portrait of Jane Weidlin's
miniature horse.

Close up of
the horse head.
Close up of the dog body.
Jane Weidlin handing over the
cash for her fine art purchase.


Later that year I had my first exhibit at The Swope Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. As excited as I was I remember standing outside and looking in at the crowd thinking that something was missing. For sure it was a very sedate affair compared to the parties I was throwing. But it also hit me that there was no music - I don't mean music wasn't playing at the opening but, rather, music and movement and a general sense of buzz was missing from the art itself. At that moment I realized that I had to combine my music with my art and my motorized pieces were born. Which began a 5 year search for the right fabricator/mechanic to work with as I turned out not only motorized pieces but The Kissing Machine 1987 From the Debbie Harry video I art directed, "French Kissing In The USA". Dialated Pupils/Goodbye
"Dialated Pupils/Goodbye"
1983
The very first piece I painted after a grueling night of writers' block. I had no idea what the piece was as I just started painting and plopping things down on the paper as fast as I could before I had a chance to criticize what I was doing. I looked at it all when I was done and wrote "Dear Henry - I don't know who you are anymore. I feel like I'm invisible between your job and that damn tv. I'm at mother's. Don't bother to call. - Eunice" and pasted it on top of a painting mistake. The next day, Jane Weidlin, one of the Go-Go's, came over to write. She asked me who did the painting because she wanted to buy it.

I couldn't part with my first piece but she commissioned something else and became a very loyal collector of my art.
". The next day, sculptural constructions
The Kissing Machine
1987
From the Debbie Harry video I art directed, "French Kissing In The USA".
, furniture and music video sets and props as well. Everything looked great and many of the motorized pieces tied into hit records I had
Motorize Me Neutron Dance
Motorized with music
5' x 8' x 10"
Mixed media, found objects, foamcore, wood and plexiglas
but most of the early ones broke after a few plays. The chairs
The Poodle Chair
1987
Wood, aluminum, wrought iron, sheepskin
, though great looking, weighed a ton and tipped over if you leaned too far to one side. I did eventually stumble on someone who had a great work ethic and took pride in building constructions of battleship quality but the constant aggravation of deadlines not being met, motorized pieces dying and furniture built impractically before that took its toll. In addition, the pieces I was building were getting bigger and bigger
Motorize Me Venice When It Was Venice
1989
Motorized
91" x 57quot; x 11quot;
Mixed Media and found objects
and I needed a warehouse to work in not a garage. But I enjoyed working at home far more than going to a studio
1985, workshop in Santa Monica.
. I needed to be able to create whenever the urge struck. So I just decided to make smaller pieces with no lighting or electronics
Derivative Abstract
1992
48" x 26" x 2-1/2"
Mixed media, found objects on wood
This was the very last piece of art I made when I stopped painting in 1992.
smaller pieces with no lighting or electronics . By 1990, in a quest to combine my music with my art in search of fuller artistic expression, I was also veering off into writing, directing, art directing and scoring short films. I made one last round of art - The Famous Masterpiece series
"Babes Too Fat To Be Ballet Dancers"
Allee Degas
1991
"Girl With Neck Extension"
Allee Modigliani
1991
"No-Host Bar at the Follies Bergere"
Allee Manet
1991
"Large Island Girl"
Allee Gaugin
1991
"Bingo"
Allee "Piet" Mondrian
1991
"Helga The Conquerer"
Allee Wyeth
1991
and threw my "Smock It To Me (Art Can Taste Bad In Any Medium)" party - where I announced my retirement from making linear forms of art in order to explore new interactive artforms. That lasted seven years until 1999 when I discovered Bubbles the artist,who brought me around to painting and all things art once again.

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