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September 17, 2014

Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s Fifth Career

By Susan Michals | Art
Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s Fifth Career
Courtesy of Jessie Askinazi

Michael Lindsay-Hogg is the epitome of the Renaissance man. He is a painter, writer, director and an unmitigated bon vivant, of sorts. He’s directed videos for The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, as well as the acclaimed television series Brideshead Revisited. (He’s also the purported son of Orson Welles.)

He has dubbed his work as a painter, which he has now turned to full-time, as “career number five,” and his latest creations can be seen in the brand new exhibition “Casanova’s Dream,” on display at The Salon at Automatic Sweat in Los Angeles through October 10.

Lindsay-Hogg’s painting is an amalgamation of folk-art-like expressionism suffused with wit and humor, a la poet Dorothy Parker or filmmaker Preston Sturges. Like all of his work, the artist does not limit himself to mere canvas; he works on cardboard, paper, postcards…anything he feels will enhance his vision.

“I guess painting is what I like doing best now,” mused the artist at his opening last Saturday evening. “Although, in one way, it’s only marks and colors on a surface, for me there’s a link to writing, directing, in movies and theater. There is an ambiguous relationship the people in the paintings have with each other, with the outcome—often in doubt, or left hanging—[and] with each other or with the viewer.”

What is beyond clear, however, is that his artwork deserves to be seen. 2656 S. La Cienega Blvd.; 310-839-3100; automaticsweat.com.

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