8 Musicians Who Double Time As Brilliant Artists

From time to time, there are gross miscalculations in the ‘Talent Allocation Department’. While this means that most of us trudge along being blah to above average individuals, there are a few that become instant fame magnets ever since they see the first ray of light. What we have here are eight musicians who are as awesome with a mic/instrument as they are with a paint brush. 

Bob Dylan

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Along with the ability to turn three chords into songs that became earworms across generations, Dylan also a badass painter who paints mostly from life: ‘I’m pretty much interested in people, histories, myth, and portraits; people of all stripes’.

David Bowie

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While most lamented the severe loss to the music world, there were few who knew Bowie to be an intense post-modern artist with on obsession for self-portraits. 

Freddie Mercury

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Mercury’s contribution to Queen extended well beyond his vocal brilliance. From album covers to live costumes to the band’s official logo, Freddie didn’t let his diploma in Art and Graphic Design at Ealing Art College go to waste.

Grace Slick 

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The first female diva in rock and roll history balanced a series of unfortunate events which included a breakup and a house on fire with her colourful, cuddly paintings. Not the best catalyst to bring out one’s artistic side but we ain’t complaining one bit.

John Lennon

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What one would assume are minimalist carictures of the late Beatle are actually his attempt at self-portraits. Cute, yes?

Marilyn Manson

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We can’t seem to decide if the artist is creepier than his self-portraits or if it is the other way around. Either way, they’re both brilliant.

Ronnie Wood

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His formal education in art from Ealing Art School is clearly evident in the Rolling Stones member’s paintings which often include fellow musicians and family members.

Paul McCartney

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While he has been doodling for as long he can remember, McCartney didn’t start painting seriously until 1983 when he was 41. His paintings had been a very private endeavor until 1999 (because he didn’t want to be known as a ‘celebrity painter’) when he decided to share his artwork with a public exhibition and a book titled “Paul McCartney Paintings.”

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