Will Gaynor is an Austin-based artist whose artwork deals with existential topics: life, death, sex, “the strangeness of being,” as he puts it. “It’s sort of my way of figuring out how to navigate what I call the intricacies of modern existence,” he says, but it comes with a lot of humor. His paintings are strange and symbolic, somehow uniting sacred geometry, cartoonish images, and nature.
For Gaynor, music is his biggest inspiration as an artist. That’s his work which serves as the covers for several White Denim albums. His commercial work includes a great Lou Reed-donning skateboard, and his paintings are peppered with odes to the Grateful Dead and Roky Erickson.
This week on My KUTX, we’re excited to turn over the decks to Will for an hour of his own choosing. He brings a lot of rare psych-rock from his personal vinyl collection, plus jazz favorites, stuff he likes to listen to while painting, and more. Hear Will Gaynor’s My KUTX on Saturday, August 5 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime here.
- The Brian Jonestown Massacre – “Whoever You Are”
- U.S. 69 – “I’m On My Way (A Patch Of Blue)”
- Wayne Shorter – “Ponta de Areia”
- Dadamah – “Limbo Swing”
- Amon Duul – “Marcus Leid”
- Beat Of The Earth – “The Golden Hour II”
- Toncho Pilatos – “Drunk Again”
- Ernie Graham – “Don’t Want Me Round You”
- Omon Ra – “Eurydice”
- Dissolve – “Dream Index”