Spotlight on Gus Van Sant, filmmaker and artist
Gus Van Sant is a legendary filmmaker who makes art in all its forms come alive. From his incredible paintings and photography to his groundbreaking films, recent experimental work with Gucci – and music videos with everyone from Alan Ginsberg, Hanson, Deeelite, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and David Bowie – he is a beloved member of our Portland and global art community like no other.
Gus Van Sant, admired internationally as a filmmaker, painter, photographer, and musician, received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence in 1975. Since that time his studio painting practice has moved in and out of the foreground of a multi-disciplinary career, becoming a priority again in recent years. Van Sant’s work in different mediums is united by a single overarching interest in portraying people on the fringes of society.
Van Sant’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, Le Case d’Arte in Milan, Italy, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene, among others. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions since the 1980s, presenting drawings, paintings, photographs, video works, and writing. Among Van Sant’s many internationally acclaimed feature films are Milk (2008); Elephant (2003); Good Will Hunting (1997); My Own Private Idaho (1991); and Drugstore Cowboy (1989).