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The Paintings of Miles Davis

The trumpeter icon took a late interest in painting - an area he proved to be more than decent. Check out the unknown art of Miles Davis!
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Miles Davis did not begin to draw and paint until he was in his 50s, but he brought the same fierce concentration and determination to his visual art that he had used to constantly re-invent himself as a musician for nearly 40 years. #milesdavis

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A restless soul, he is reported to have worked for hours a day on his drawing and painting. Of musicians who also attempt visual art, Miles Davis was at the head of the class, in front of Dylan, Ron Wood, and Tony Bennett, and just behind Captain Beefheart. #milesdavis

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Miles Davis’ paintings weren’t exhibited much during his lifetime, but since his death in 1991, his estate has mounted several traveling gallery and museum shows. Quincy Jones is known to own a number of Miles’ canvases. In 2013, Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork was published. #milesdavis

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As a painter, Miles Davis had a fluid, muscular style, understood color and balance, and possessed a crash-and-burn fearlessness in his compositions. Would you look twice if these works weren’t by Miles? Yes, you would. #milesdavis

Miles Davis begun making art as a form of therapy after suffering a stroke in the early 1980s. "It’s like therapy for me, and keeps my mind occupied with something positive when I’m not playing music" he said i nan interview. #milesdavis