Monday, January 12, 2009

Out of the Ordinary: The Art of Paul Milosevich

by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy

Paul Milosevich was my college art prof. It was then that I recognized that Paul was sure to become one of America's great artists. The following information is from his official 'bio'.
Artist Paul Milosevich (b. Trinidad, Colorado, 1936) studied with Arthur Roy Mitchell, Bettina Steinke, Wayne Thiebaud, and Ramon Froman. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach. For ten years he taught art at Odessa College and Texas Tech University. His work is in seven national museums and numerous public and private collections.

Milosevich is the subject of a 30-year retrospective book, Out of the Ordinary: The Art of Paul Milosevich, published by Texas Tech University Press, which also published Texas Golf Legends, a book containing 100 Milosevich portraits. He has been featured in Southwest Art magazine, on the NBC "Today" show, the "Texas Country Reporter" television show, Japan's "Golf Digest" magazine and Golf Illustrated magazine.

Milosevich was given the "Stephen Foster" award by the Nashville (TN) Songwriters' Hall of Fame; the "Distinguished Former Odessan" award by the Heritage of Odessa Foundation; the "Headliner Award" by the Association for Women in Communications; and inducted into the "Walk of Fame" by Civic Lubbock, Inc. Official Portrait Artist for 1999 U.S. Ryder Cup Team (PGA Commision).

--The Original Artwork of Paul Milosevich
It may have been Paul Gauguin who urged aspiring artists to "Dream in front of nature. Then paint!" Likewise, Paul Milosevich sought to teach us 'how to see' and recommended that we student artists spend time just looking at the subject before plunging in with pencil, pen or brush. Other artists have called 'art' a 'state of delight in front of nature'. Certainly, Paul's work is proof that great art is the result of this delightful, near meditative state in which the sub-conscious forges from the raw materials of sense impression a new gestalt, a work of art

Also see: Out of the Ordinary: The Art of Paul Milosevich

The Art of Paul Milosevich
Why do music and art flourish on the flat cotton patch of the South Plains? Butch Hancock, described as one of the best songwriters in America in the folk-poet tradition, and who is also a photographer and former architecture student, replies with an answer that is as good as any. He explains that "all of the winds from the North Pole come across Kansas until they hit the Yellow House Canyon and then they spill out in every direction sending all of the ideas for music [and art] swirling around.' Paul Milosevich, in the 1970s, was in the right place at the right time to be blown about by the blue northers into a head-on collision with a remarkable group of young musicians, many of whom were also writers and artists.

One of the few night spots for dancing in Lubbock during the fifties and sixties was the Cotton Club. The club’s later days (in the late seventies) were associated with Tommy Hancock, billed (among many titles) as Tommy Hancock and the Supernatural Family Band. Hancock is referred to affectionately as "Lubbock's original hippie." The no-longer-existent dance hall was commemorated by Milosevich with a watercolor of the old sign left standing to blow in the wind above the bare ground.…

For decades, Lubbock, the self styled "Hub of the Plains" drew musicians to its center; these musicians then fanned out over the country watching the cotton gins disappear in their rearview mirrors. The early generation included such names as Plainview singer Jimmy Dean, the late Roy Orbison from Wink, producer Norman Petty from Clovis, Texas Tech architectural student John Deutchendorf -- better known as John Denver, Littlefield's Waylon Jennings, Mac Davis, and many others. The list comes full circle with the mention of that founding father of rock 'n roll, Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

It is with the new generation, however, that this chapter is concerned. This goes back directly to the Flatlanders, a Lubbock band of the early 1970s that brought together Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Tony Pearson, and Joe Ely. Other well -knowns include Ponti Bone, Davis McClarty, Jesse Taylor, who are, or were, members of Ely's band.

The roster continues with the Maines Brothers, the Nelsons, Jim Eppler, who was often painted and sketched by his friend Milosevich, Terry Allen, as well known as an artist as a musician, and Jo Harvey Allen, actress and writer.

--Honky Tonk Visions, by Elizabeth Skidmore Sasser, author: "The Art of Paul Milosevich



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