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The Paintings Of David Bowie Will Make You Appreciate Him Even More…If That’s Even Possible

The death of David Bowie is still being felt today. Jared Leto has revealed Bowie was part of the inspiration behind his version of The Joker in the new Suicide Squad film. The actor cited the late musician as an inspiration for “almost anything you could do creatively.”

Bowie’s own art collection, which included works by Damien Hurst, Henry Moore and Jean-Michel Basquiat among others, was valued at over $20 million in mid-2016, and it’s this collection that will be be sold off at auction in late 2016. And while Bowie once called himself an art addict, one who obsessed over collecting it, he did both, even painting his own masterpieces. Take a look.

Self-Portrait

Child In Berlin – 1977

Self-Portrait

Berlin Landscape With JO – 1978

(Portrait of Iggy Pop)

Sketch

Hearts Filthy Lesson – 1995

Self-Portrait – 1978

Inspired by the cover for the album cover of Heroes (Victoria and Albert Museum)

DHead series

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

DHeads II

Ancestor

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

Dry Heads Capetown – 1995

Evol For The Missing – 1996

I Am A World Champion – 1977

The Rape Of Bigarschol – 1996

Portrait Of JO – 1976

Squeeze 2000 – 1996

Turkish Father And Son – 1978

Present Future Accepted – 1995

Sketch

Self-Portrait

Sketch

Sketch

The Man Behind It All

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