ACCLAIMED PORTRAIT ARTIST AND MUSICIAN
Discover a unique collection of art and pop history. Beautiful portraits of musical talent crafted by one of the worlds most renowned drummers.
Gilson Lavis has remained one of the most sought-after, highly-acclaimed drummers in the UK over the last 40 years.
Best known currently as the superbly versatile drummer with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Gilson Lavis is now shining the spotlight on his second career as an artist. His talent as an artist, doing mainly acrylic on canvas portraits and sketches, has always seemed to stay in the background with his music career taking the lead.
His art is exhibited across the world — his "In Tune with The Portraits" series was recently unveiled at the Salomon Arts Gallery in New York. His portraits are mostly of musicians and recording artists he has long admired, known and worked with. Those in his “Music Legends” series of paintings span the decades from the 1950’s and 60’s, including artists such as: BB King, Chuck Berry and Etta James; to the more contemporary Al Green, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, to current day songstresses like Adele and the late Amy Winehouse.
Much of his inspiration as an artist comes out of his "genuine respect" for many of the talented people he has played with over the years, which reads like a “Who’s Who” of popular music.
His most recent work is available here to purchase.
"My portraits feature artists and performers I have had the joy of working with and have been of inspiration to me." — Gilson
"My art is a painted biography of my musical life, one I can never hope to finish, but what a joy it is to engage in." — Gilson
"Highly acclaimed British drummer and artist Gilson Lavis will present his new London art exhibit “Gilson Lavis: From Drums to Canvas...”
NEW YORK PRESS
"The drummer for classic UK pop act Squeeze, Gilson Lavis — who’s now a portrait artist and player for Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra — is launching his latest art show in New York...”
AUCTION CENTRAL NEWS
"The black and white portraits, along with a series of personal sketches have become much sought after by tastemakers and those in art and music circles..."