Just like many others around the globe, I was saddened by the departure of one of the most famous artists of our age – David Bowie. I have to admit, though, my sadness is somehow selfish. I knew that it wouldn’t be long until my turn facing the end of this life, just like my favorite artist who sang me the songs that I grew up listening to.
However, there are some artists behind the mask of sadness, who are simply prompted to promote their freshly-made paintings and prints, to profit from shocked fans who want to pay tribute to David Bowie’s art. On that very same day!
So, instead of sharing arts made on the death of David Bowie, here I would like to share some of his very own beautiful paintings. Let’s pay real tribute to him by celebrating his unique art! David Bowie paintings show a knowledgeable approach to postmodern art, influenced by Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Francis Bacon, and Francis Picabia.
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Child In Berlin – 1977
Berlin Landscape With JO – 1978
(Portrait of Iggy Pop)
Hearts Filthy Lesson – 1995
Self-Portrait – 1978
Inspired by the cover for the album Heroes (Victoria and Albert Museum)
Bowie continuously did these modern paintings during his career, but it only went public around 1994.
South Africa series is 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 their ancestors were visiting them, as in their mythology, the ancestors appear as a ghost-like white form.”