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July 26, 2016

The Artwork of David Bowie: These Sketches and Paintings by Bowie Show His Other Artist Side

Apart from a legendary musician, David Bowie was one hell of an artist! Influenced by artists like David Bomberg, Francis Bacon and Francis Picabia, Bowie created some beautiful, dark paintings.

Interesting, powerful and expressive, Bowie’s work is a mysterious touch in his great legacy.

Turkish Father and Son – 1978

The rape of Bigarschol – 1996

Squeeze 2000 – 1996

Present future accepted – 1995

Portrait of JO – 1976

I am a World Champion – 1977

Hearts Filthy Lesson – 1995

Evol for the Missing – 1996

Dry Heads Capetown – 1995

Berlin landscape with JO – 1978 (Portrait of Iggy Pop (James Osterberg))

Child in Berlin – 1977

DHead series

Bowie continuously painted these DHeads during his career, but it only went public around 1994.

DHead – portrait of Mike Garson

DHeads II

DHead LV – Portrait of Mike Garson

South Africa series

An exploration of Bowie’s thoughts on the “white ancestor” story, gleaned from his trip to South Africa. The artist wrote: “In 1995 Iman and I took our first trip to South Africa. One of the prevailing stories handed down is that when the first tribes saw the white man they presumed they were being visited by their ancestors, as in their mythology the ancestors appear as a ghost-like white form.”


Ancestor II

Sketches & studies

Preparatory drawings by David Bowie for different projects, including an unrealised film set in Hunger City, 1974.





Drawing on Gitane Packet


Self portrait – 1996

Self portrait – 1996

Dhead V, 1995, Acrylic on canvas

Self-portrait – 1978, Inspired by the cover for the album cover of Heroes (Victoria and Albert Museum)

(via Very Private Gallery)

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