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JOHN ILLSLEY (DIRE STRAITS)

JOHN ILLSLEY’S ART IN A CORNER PAINTING

Art & Music – The Rhythm Of Life (2016) by John Illsley (Founding member and bass player of Dire Straits)

The painting will be auctioned online via Paddle8:
BID 17.11. – 02.12.2016
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Proceeds go to Children & the Arts and Youth Music

John Illsley is a founding member of Dire Straits.

The bass guitarist of Dire Straits has had a remarkable journey since 1977, selling over 120 million albums and picking up a few Grammy’s on the way as well as an Ivor Novello award in 1988 for “Outstanding contribution to British Music”.

John has also released 7 solo studio albums and 2 live albums. The latest studio album ‘Long Shadows was released in May 2016. A single from the album “In the Darkness” was released in June.

John took a break from music in 1993 and since then has involved himself in his other great passion painting. 5 solo shows in London, 1 in New York and Sydney, the most recent being the Belgravia Gallery in May 2015.


The fascination with painting is the unpredictability of the process, I tend to take as many risks as possible in order to push myself into that space between reality and abstraction, this is the place I find most interesting and has the potential for creating some kind of a conclusion.

Of course it doesn’t work most of the time so you have to be patient and let the rhythm flow through you to find a point of satisfaction”.

John attempts to balance his life between Music and Art, sometimes they are complimentary, sometimes not. A UK tour is scheduled for the autumn this year and an Art exhibition for early next year.

The bass guitarist of Dire Straits has had a remarkable journey since 1977, selling over 120 million albums and picking up a few Grammy’s on the way as well as an Ivor Novello award in 1988 for “Outstanding contribution to British Music”.

ART IN A CORNER is an Eazl project.