TFW musicians give up music for painting/fine art

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Well, Tobin Sprout still makes music but I imagine he's made far more money from his painting than he ever did from Guided By Voices.

Boulez, vous couchez avec moi? (Tom D.), Monday, 9 September 2019 19:55 (eight months ago) link

I admit I put in the "give up" in the thread title to specifically exclude folks like Dylan - dabbles in fine art but has not retired from music etc.

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 September 2019 19:57 (eight months ago) link

Nick Blinko from Rudimentary Peni

funnel spider ESA (Matt #2), Monday, 9 September 2019 21:16 (eight months ago) link

Sue Tompkins from Life Without Buildings.

ban golf (jed_), Monday, 9 September 2019 22:36 (eight months ago) link

Syd Barrett painted a lot in his later life.

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 9 September 2019 22:59 (eight months ago) link

oof how did I forget that one

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 September 2019 22:59 (eight months ago) link

Beefheart, Justine Frischmann, Chris Mars, etc.

I always see this as the artworld being like "come over here into our clubhouse where your rock n roll pedigree will actually make you money!"

― Οὖτις

i never had a problem with beefheart switching to a career where he could actually get paid, particularly since i feel like he'd written (or in some cases "written") all the great songs he was going to write by that point anyway

sock fingering, baby (rushomancy), Monday, 9 September 2019 23:45 (eight months ago) link

mookieproof, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:36 (eight months ago) link

All of these have dabbled in the visual arts and have used their art as albums covers:

Marilyn Manson
Fiona Apple
Devendra Banhart
Bob Dylan
Ani Difranco
John Lurie (Lounge Lizards)
Cat Stevens
Ryan Adams
Hannah Hopper (Grouplove)
Tyler the Creator
Joni Mitchell
FKA Twigs
Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips)
John Squire (Stone Roses)
Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets)
Sam Beam (Iron and Wine)
David Byrne (Talking Heads)

Others who have dabbled in visual arts but never used them as album covers: Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury (he technically created the Queen crest used in A Night at The Opera and A Day At The Races but I don't think he got artwork credits on the liner notes?)

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:09 (eight months ago) link

I mean, if we're talking about actors who have moved on to doing self-portraits


change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:13 (eight months ago) link

(Val Kilmer if that didn't post)

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:13 (eight months ago) link

The Inner Mounting Phlegm (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:21 (eight months ago) link

Btw Miles Davis paintings are like really really bad

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:41 (eight months ago) link

I love Kevin Coyne's paintings!

The Inner Mounting Phlegm (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:50 (eight months ago) link

Paul Simonon was always a far better (and more qualified) artist than he was a bass player anyway!

I don't get wet because I am tall and thin and I am afraid of people (Eliza D.), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:52 (eight months ago) link
Jefferson Airplane in Streets Of Rage

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 13 September 2019 19:46 (eight months ago) link

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