David Bowie’s Self Portraits

David Bowie studied and collected art. He also painted and drew

David Bowie: Self-Portraits And Other Paintings


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Berlin landscape with JO – 1978 (Portrait of Iggy Pop (James Osterberg))


David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016) was restlessly creative, experimenting with music and fashion, working as a mime artist and a cabaret entertainer, moving into music, acting, glam-rock, banking, video games and painting. Could the energy that Bowie gave to his intriguing melodies, elaborate performances and powerful songwriting strike gold in art? His pop videos, album covers and stage persons were eye catching. Could he do the static stuff that sits in frames as well? Would Bowie’s paintings possess the same power and freshness as that time when 1970s kids saw him illuminate the decade’s uniform brown as Ziggy zoomed into the BBC’s Top of the Pops? 

We can take a look. Thanks to Greg Bot of Very Private Gallery, who has shared these paintings with us:



David Bowie – self portrait


Self portrait

david bowie art Study – Ashes to Ashes

Study – Ashes to Ashes

Study – One Such Tribe enters one such Building – Handwritten musings referring to Diamond Dogs.

Study – Hunger City – The Future

Study – Hunger City – The Future




DHeads – II


DHead LV – Portrait of Mike Garson

david bowie DHead – portrait of Mike Garson

DHead – portrait of Mike Garson


Child in Berlin – 1977


DHead – XXVIII..XXV -1995-96


DryHeads – Capetown -1995


Evol For The Missing – 1996


I Am A World Champion – 1977

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Portrait of JO (Iggy Pop) 1976


Present Future Accepted – 1995


Squeeze 2000-1996


Hearts Filthy Lesson -1995


The Rape of Bigarschol -1996

DAvid Bowie pantings

Turkish Father and Son – 1978

Via: Very Private Gallery

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