Georgie Lehoop - The Drum Artist

Have you ever heard a painting? 
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WJAC TV News - July 13, 2013
At the People's Choice Festival in Boalsburg, PA
  
 
 
 State College.com - July 14,2013, 2013
[From a story about the People's Choice Festival in Boalsburg, PA]

Georgie LeHoop is not exactly sure how he went from being a drummer to an artist who paints with drumsticks, but the innovative idea has been a big hit for him since he first started doing it 11 years ago.

“One day the idea just hit me that I would try painting with drumsticks as an experiment,” said LeHoop. “I’m not an artist, so I’m not sure how I thought of it but it just came to me.”

LeHoop has played the drums for 49 years and before this idea popped into his head, he spent 30 years playing in different bands for a living.

Now, the man from St. Clair, Pa. drove two hours to take part in his first People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts and Crafts.

While this is his first time in Boalsburg, LeHoop has done some other shows around the state and gained notoriety for his unique work.

“I did a festival in Manayunk in Philadelphia a few months ago, and a bunch of people started referring to me as ‘Rock and Roll Jackson Pollock.’ I thought it was pretty funny that they came up with that so quick.”

Pollock refers to an American painter in the early 1900s who was largely responsible for the rise in abstract and drip painting.

LeHoop's booth at the festival is filled up with much of his work where he channels his passion for music into his work. In addition to painting on canvas, he also uses some old cymbals along with some record albums. 

Some paintings take only 10-15 minutes to complete, but that can vary based on what exactly LeHoop is trying to do. Some of the more complex ones take upwards of two hours. He has learned over the past 11 years that it can be pretty easy to make a mistake if he goes too fast.

“When I first started out, my stuff was purely random, just completely improvisational. Now, I try to plan a little bit more to stay focused.”

Drumstick paintings on T-shirts cost $20. Paintings on canvas boards or other materials can be as much as $35.

When LeHoop isn’t selling his items inside his booth or showing off his skills this weekend, he’ll be walking around the fields taking in his first festival.

“I still have to get around a little bit, but from what I’ve seen, I’m impressed. It’s a great festival.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Montgomery News - June 25, 2013
[From a story about the Manayunk Arts Festival in Manayunk, PA]
Georgie LeHoop’s work keeps more musical aspects in his work. At first glance, his pieces look like something Jackson Pollack would paint; seemingly haphazard dashes and slashes of paint across the canvas.

“I’ve been called the Rock ‘n’ Roll Jackson Pollack,” LeHoop said.
 
Despite this comparison, his style is markedly different; he paints by drumming to splash color across a stretched-out canvas. He has been a drummer for 49 years, and recently started to paint using this unique method. When one of his paintings is viewed while listening to the audio recording of its creation, it’s easy to find the rhythms beating and pulsing throughout the work. Splashes of yellow begin to dance together on the canvas while slashes of red move behind them; what looked like creative chaos seconds before transforms into a rhythmic, ordered dance. Remarkably, LeHoop says he has no training as an artist.
 
 
 
 
The Reading Eagle - October 22, 2012
 
[From a story about the Art Show at the GoggleWorks in Reading, PA]
 
Across the way, Georgie LeHoop's artwork was displayed in a fitting location: next to the band. Once a professional rock 'n' roll drummer, LeHoop is now a musical Jackson Pollock, splashing paint across the canvas - or one of the 37 cymbals cracked during his drumming career - with drumsticks dipped in paint.

Eleven years after turning his attention to painting, LeHoop, 60, has exchanged the drum for the canvas without forsaking a career in performance art.

"One day, I was walking along and the idea just popped in my head," LeHoop said. "If I dip a drumstick into paint and play on canvas, I'll create something."

On Sunday afternoon, as LeHoop drummed alongside an acoustic guitar and vibraphone on the fourth floor, GoggleWorks store Manager Penny Golden reflected on the inaugural festival. The event raised money for the center's arts programs while carrying out its mission of nurturing art and the community.
 
 
 
 

Ocean City Maryland News - October, 2012

It’s the first weekend of fall; it’s Sunfest. YEAH! This year marks the 38th year of Sunfest and I never remember more perfect weather. Nice breeze and when you sit to watch and listen to the outside band, the sun is hot on your back. Ah – just delightful!

Sunfest claims to be ranked the number one arts and crafts festival in the nation. My favorite vendors at the festival remain Chester Allen (award winning New Orleans sterling silver jewelry designer) and Georgie Lehoop with his drum art. I had a good laugh Sunday when I saw that Chester was wearing the same shirt as me; we both bought the same shirt last year from Georgie Lehoop. I went to get Georgie Lehoop for a picture with us and found he too was wearing the same design with a bit more color. How funny is that! Jarlin Johnson is the other lady in the photo. She is Chester’s assistant this year and her Mom is one of my dear New Orleans Jazz Fest volunteer friends. What a small world! I also have to give hats off to the Humane Society for their expanded offerings this year– I just love my blooming air plant in a sea shell!

 

 

 

The Sonic Abyss - August 24, 2012

 

“Some people march to the beat of a different drummer. I am the different drummer.” – Georgie LeHoop

Have you ever heard a painting?

Bet you never thought you’d ever be asked that question! And it’s a valid question because of one Georgie LeHoop.

I had the good fortune of meeting Georgie this past Sunday at the Mt. Gretna Art Show, a weekend long feast of unique arts and crafts in the beautiful town of Mount Gretna, PA. In an environment absolutely overflowing with unique, creative and original art from paintings to jewelry to metallurgy, Georgie’s drum art stood out to me as the most original.

Maybe I’m biased because I love music so much, but really…have you ever heard of anything like this before? Wow!

In a nutshell (drumshell?), Georgie is a lifelong drummer who takes a stretch canvas, dips his drumsticks in paint and drums on the canvas to create his works of art.

Flams, paradiddles, ratamacues…all the drum rhythms are there for you to see. And the art he creates is amazing.

His work is available on original canvas, prints and some very cool t-shirts. He’s wearing one of them in the picture above.

Sometimes he records while he paints and did this to create his CD, which is called… You guessed it…"Have You Ever Heard A Painting?” You should…it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen or heard and it’s the work of creative genius as far as I’m concerned.

What makes it all even better is that he’s about the nicest person you’d ever want to meet. Down to earth and genuinely kind, his passion for drumming and his drum art is evident after about 5 seconds of talking with him…and his stories behind his creations are fun and fascinating.

Check out the pics and videos here and pay Georgie a visit at his Drum Artist website.

Thank you Georgie for your time, your kindness and your art. Rock on, brother!

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NewsWorks - June 25, 2012

Georgie Lehoop, on the other side of Main Street, was joining the Manayunk show for the first time this year. A drummer with almost fifty years of experience, he has discovered an unusual way of painting.

"I played in a hundred different bands," Lehoop said. One day about ten years ago, it hit him. What if he were to dip his drumsticks in paint, and bring his percussion to the canvas?

Purchasers of his paintings – many of which resemble some kind of intergalactic shoot-out, with vibrating planets hurtling through the dark – receive a CD recording labeled "would you like to hear a painting?" It pairs the startling visuals with a specially mastered auditory experience, based on a recording of the actual painting session. Lehoop's t-shirts, also featuring drumstick-painted designs, seemed popular with young shoppers. He has also begun to create his paintings on abandoned cymbals and records. Gesturing to a bucket full of his well-mottled tools, Lehoop explained that just as sticks, mallets and drum-brushes produce different sounds, they make for different visual patterns on the canvas. Now, called "the rock-and-roll Jackson Pollock" by some patrons, Lehoop's unique paintings have turned into a full-time career.

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Origivation Magazine - October 2010
 
George LeHoop will play the kayak, specifically the electric kayak. He will play cardboard boxes. He will play blank canvases attached with bungee cords to metal frames. He will play anything he can get his hands on. LeHoop will use chopsticks, mallets, traditional drum sticks, brushes and hot rods- pieces of bamboo tied together to bang out his rhythms. Having played drums for 46 years, LeHoop has moved well beyond using only a traditional drum set to get his rocks out. Driven by the sound and creation of rhythm, LeHoop has evolved into an eclectic and wild, performance art, percussionist who is no longer just creating music with his rhythms.     Read the entire article

 

 

Designthusiast - January 2010

I was in Bethlehem, PA visiting a friend and we went to this wonderful Christmas market full of crafts, artwork and decorations. I came across Georgie LeHoop who painted with drumsticks. Yes…Drum sticks that you play the drums with. His work was very unique and on canvases as well as t-shirts. Read the entire article

 

The Benjamin's Weblog - May 2011

I was thoroughly impressed by artist George LeHoop. He paints using drum sticks. The sticks are dipped in paint, then he plays on the canvas. His artwork looks like an explosion of stippling, some very cool textures. To top it off, many of the pictures come with a cd containing the sounds produced in the painting–so not only is he thinking about the painting he is generating but also the beat he is laying down. Brilliant.

 
WFMZ-TV 69 News - May 2010

"I dip drumsticks into paint. I play on a stretch canvas, and as I do that I record the rhythm that I'm using. So in addition to seeing my paintings you also hear them," added drum artist Georgie Lehoop, who set up camp just a few tents down.

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The Morning Call - August 2009

The night they spent camping in Glacier National Park, Montana, inspired the painting "Cosmic Swimmers." A black background, beaten on by a drum brush, highlights the shining white moon and stars shooting through space. With the accompanying music, the astronomical painting is brought back to Earth. The noise of nature, and of the surroundings of LeHoop and his wife, relate the cosmic event to viewers and listeners.