NEW YORK – British drummer and artist Gilson Lavis will present his first ever New York City art exhibition 'Gilson Lavis In Tune With The Portraits' at Salomon Arts Gallery in Tribeca from Sept 15th - Oct. 5th.
Best known currently as the versatile drummer with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and the original drummer for the British band Squeeze, Gilson Lavis is now shining the spotlight on his second career as an artist, after enjoying acclaim as one of the most sought after drummers in the UK over the last 40 years.
Lavis started the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra over 20 years ago, with longtime friend and former Squeeze band mate Holland, who, of course, has become an institution in the UK hosting BBC Television’s Later With Jools Holland over the last 25 years. The orchestra performs throughout Europe and the U.K on a regular basis.
Mainly known for his unusual portraits of music legends and performers, much of his inspiration as an artist came out of genuine respect for many of the talented people he has admired, known and played with over the years, which reads like a who’s who of popular music.
Lavis was a founding member and original drummer in the group Squeeze, along with pianist Holland. Squeeze achieved huge success all though the 1980s, and Gilson later went on to perform live or record with the likes of Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, Smokey Robinson, Cher, Paul McCartney, Barry White, BB King, Robert Plant and Amy Winehouse.