Friday, May 16, 2014

Llyn Foulkes One Man Band: The Passion of an Artist Never Ends

By José Alberto Hermosillo

A highly entertaining, fascinating, and marvelous documentary about the life of an artist that will make you addicted to art and good cinema.

Llyn Foulkes is the most famous artist, musician, composer, and painter you’ve ever heard of or probably you have not heard of yet. Well, now it is time for you to know who this person is who deserves his life and body of work put into a film.

The film documents seven years of the life of Foulkes, the creation of two large paintings that he builds, cuts, destroys, recycles, and makes back again, over and over, until he feels his images are 99% finished, then he said: “The painting is done when it is done.” Full of passion, he adds: “I can’t just finish it. The only way it’s finished is when they take it away from me.”

Interestingly enough, his rebellious and obsessive personality has the need to express himself with concepts of love, life, and hate. 

He moves around his passion for his artwork and how he transforms everything he touches into a form, shape, shadow, and tone, with dimensions to give the proper depth to his creations. 

With his work, he ignites controversy, using elements of pop culture such as Mickey Mouse heads, real dead cats, and a fetus to an organic composition.

He is so absorbed by his work that his private life gets upside down from the imminent divorce and being away from his daughter. All those emotions greatly affected him, and he placed them in his creations.

As a one-man band musician, he’s working in what he calls “The Machine,” a huge musical instrument he invented years ago to perform in a solo show. That same music Foulkes plays in this documentary just to entertain us.

The documentary is directed by Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty. It features other great artists, actors, and celebrities such as Johnny Carson, Dennis Hopper, and George Herms, among other well-known stars, for buying fine art. Still, you need to see the end to find out who got his hands on the two controversial masterpieces.

Suppose you are not an artist, but you appreciate art. In that case, there are some other films about art you can check out, such as an Oscar nominee “Waste Land” (2010), “Alejandro Colunga: Fogonero del Delirio” (2012), “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” (2010), “2501 Migrants: A Journey” (2009), and another Oscar nominee and Independent Spirit Award winner “Exit Through the Gift Shop” (2010).

Check out “Llyn Foulkes One Man Band” to discover why he got found at 77. His work was exhibited at the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles with tremendous success.  

“Llyn Foulkes One Man Band” was part of the official selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival 2013, and now it’s time for us to enjoy it at some of the independent movie theaters near you. 
“Llyn Foulkes One Man Band” is a documentary with soul, good music, marvelous paintings, and above all, pop art.

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