New York City’s Electric Lady Studios is working alongside the estate of singer-songwriter and visual artist Daniel Johnston. What began as initial interest into one of the late artist’s drawings culminated into a genuine passion project for Studio Managing Partner Lee Foster, prompting him to take on an active role in preserving Johnston's art. Having curated a collection of original works currently on display in Electric Lady’s famed Studio A, including Johnston's famous “Symbolical Visions” drawing, Foster will serve as the link between the studio and The Daniel Johnston Trust, which is overseen by Dick Johnston, Daniel’s older brother. Just as Foster has become a conservator of Jimi Hendrix's legacy, he now also works with Johnston's family to help further cement the late artist’s remembrance and influence.
“Art has always been a fixture at Electric Lady––from the large sci-fi, space murals commissioned by Hendrix, to the decoupage installations done here in the early 1970s” notes Foster. “I began building my own collection of Daniel’s work and recognized that a separate collection for the studio would be great inspiration for musicians recording here. The creative dialog begins instantly when people see them.”
Known for his frank and vulnerable style, Johnston’s music and art is cherished by many—with themes of pain, love, life and loss that resonate now more than ever. His outpouring of expression has been referenced, adored and collected by the likes of David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Matt Groening, Eddie Vedder, Frank Ocean, Jonah Hill, Mark Ruffalo, Cat Power, Tom Waits, Jack Antonoff, Lana Del Rey and many more influential creators.
Last Fall, Foster produced a virtual tribute to the beloved artist to commemorate the one-year anniversary of his passing. Electric Lady Presents "Honey, I Sure Miss You" was viewed more than 120,000 times, and saw intimate, at-home performances from some of Johnston's most vocal supporters within the music community ranging from Beck, Jeff Tweedy, Phoebe Bridgers, Devendra Banhart and many others along with never-before-seen home video of Daniel constructing a song.
Electric Lady Studios has partnered with the Outsider Art Fair, the premier fair dedicated to showcasing self-
taught art, art brut and outsider art from around the world, to announce Daniel Johnston: Psychedelic Drawings, an exhibition of over 30 works by the late musician and self-taught artist, on view at Electric Lady Studios.
Curated by renowned American cartoonist, painter, designer and musician, Gary Panter, the exhibition is featured as part of the 29th edition of the Outsider Art Fair in New York, which this year is taking place from Jan. 28–Feb. 7, across multiple locations in Manhattan.
Outsider Art Fair New York
January 28, 2021 – February 7, 2021