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Artist David Bowie: how the famous musician painted - a recollection of the most interesting paintings

He saw that art changed with each interpretation - that there can be no definitive version of anything, and that perhaps that is why each new incarnation is just as important as the previous one...

Top of the most interesting paintings by David Bowie, the man who lived art

David Bowie Didn't just live art - it lived in him. Culture was a feast for him to savor. Bowie's unorthodox creativity was a rarity among popular performers of the time: often his lyrics were ambiguousbut always profound. However, it was their ambiguity that allowed other artists to interpret these songs in their own way...

"All art is unstable. Its meaning is not necessarily the same as what the author implies. There is no authoritative voice. There are only a few readings," Bowie once said.

David Bowie in the 1980s
David Bowie in the 1980s

He saw that art changed each Interpretation - that there can be no definitive version of anything, and that perhaps therefore each new incarnation is just as important as the previous one... Today we decided to recall the most interesting paintings of the artist, which, like music, everyone can interpret in his or her own way.

German Expressionism

"Berlin Landscape with Joe," a portrait of Iggy Pop by David Bowie
"Berlin Landscape with Joe," a portrait of Iggy Pop by David Bowie

It is known that David Robert Jones (real name) studied painting at Bromley Technical School at father his old friend and rock legend Peter Frampton, Owen. Bowie's paintings, discussed below, demonstrate a competent approach to postmodern art influenced by Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Francis Bacon, and Francis Picabia.

"I am the champion of the world" - a painting by David Bowie
"I am the champion of the world" - a painting by David Bowie

spring 1976 of the year, David and his companion Iggy Pop left America and moved to Berlin. The German capital gave Bowie a new breath of life and... inspiration. And it's not just about music: Bowie, whose affinity for German expressionist art had emerged long before he lived in Berlin, made a large number of lithographs and painted many portraits at that time!

"A Child in Berlin," a painting by David Bowie
"A Child in Berlin," a painting by David Bowie

He is clearly not a master, and his work is clearly lacking in technical practice, but there is clearly passion and great sensitivity

Paintings worth tens of thousands of dollars

"Portrait of Mike Garson" - a painting by David Bowie
"Portrait of Mike Garson" - a painting by David Bowie

This kind of portraits Bowie wrote for most of his career! However, they came into the public domain around the time of 1994 year. Series "DHead." includes about 50 portraitsThe muse for which are friends, family, and simply loved ones of the musician. There are also some enigmatic self-portraits in this series, but to whom they are addressed - David never didn't tell...

David Bowie's DHead series
David Bowie's DHead series

In 1998 In 2016, Bowie donated one self-portrait to a charity in Edinburgh. In 2016, an anonymous fan (known to be a film producer) of David bought the portrait at auction for 22 500 pounds sterling! The approximate cost and rate were 3000-5000 pounds sterling.

Painting by David Bowie, which went under the hammer for more than 100 thousand dollars.
Painting by David Bowie, which went under the hammer for more than 100 thousand dollars.

In summer 2021 year, a painting that was expected to be worth between $9,000 and $12,000 went under the hammer for more than 100 thousand dollars! The most interesting thing is that it was found at a flea market in South River!

Painting by David Bowie, which went under the hammer for more than 100 thousand dollars.
Painting by David Bowie, which went under the hammer for more than 100 thousand dollars.

The lucky man, who immediately recognized the signature of the legendary musician, bought it for 5 Canadian dollars. The authenticity of the signature was soon confirmed.

Senior Arcana, Sketches and Yukio Mishima

"The Five Senior Arcana," a series of paintings by David Bowie
"The Five Senior Arcana," a series of paintings by David Bowie

In 1975 The year Bowie created a small series inspired by the five major arcana Tarot. The inspiration illuminated the artist autumn, during his stay in Los Angeles.

Sketches of David Bowie
Sketches of David Bowie

And these are David's preparatory drawings 1974 year for various projects, including an unreleased film set in Hungry City

Sketches of David Bowie
Sketches of David Bowie

Another interesting sketch:

Sketches of David Bowie
Sketches of David Bowie

Written in 1977 year, a portrait of the Japanese playwright Yukio Mishima decorates Bowie's bedroom at Berlin (photo of February 8, 1978).

A portrait of Yukio Mishima graces Bowie's bedroom in Berlin
A portrait of Yukio Mishima graces Bowie's bedroom in Berlin

In 2014, it was presented at the "David Bowie Is." at the Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum in Berlin. And a few years later, at the "David Bowie Retrospective Exhibition."The 2017 edition of the Tennoji Island Conference in Japan was held in 2017.

Portrait of Yukio Mishima (David Bowie)
Portrait of Yukio Mishima (David Bowie)

And finally, here's the last thing you need to know self-portrait most Bowie

Self-Portrait of David Bowie
Self-Portrait of David Bowie

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