5 Musicians Who Are Also Accomplished Artists
Ronnie Wood, The Rolling Stones
Until relatively recently, the general public wasn't aware that guitar hero Ron Wood did anything else fancy with his fingers. His native U.K. was surprised by his artistic talent in 2004, when a popular BBC arts show did a special on his paintings -- before that, he was relatively quiet about the whole thing. Impressive then, that the San Francisco Art Exchange has been working with him for decades -- the gallery first exhibited his work in 1987.
Justine Frischmann, Elastica
Bob Dylan's paintings are often surprisingly vivid views of the world -- rivers painted red, railroads stretching into teal-colored hills, and skies painted with a Van Gogh-like fervor. He paints scenery of the American countryside and exotic Mediterranean locales, and portraits of people who frequently look down on their luck. His new collection of art, The Drawn Blank, will be released in book form next month. Dude is never going to retire.
The singer-songwriter and sometime Lemonheads collaborator shared some of her art with Paste Magazine last year, but said she's not yet ready to exhibit her work publicly. We hope Hatfield gets there soon, because, from what we saw, her work focuses on extremely raw representations of the female body. Most intriguing.
Joni Mitchell said in 1998 that she was "a painter first, and a musician second." When she released the concept album Both Sides Now, in 2000, it came with lithographs of her paintings. Her work has featured a multitude of fascinating self-portraits, as well as representations of fellow musicians (including Neil Young and Miles Davis) and a variety of, um, cats.