Famous Singers Who Paint

singers who paint

I was just thinking in the bathtub (which is where I solve the problems of the world) about music and painting. I was listening to random songs on the iPod and the songs were so ridiculously varied, from System of a Down to Beethoven and everything in between. Much like paintings, I love a really wide variety of works, from Bruegel to Hirst. But in both music and painting my absolute favorite works are those where the maker seems to be about to lose control. They’re emotionally intense, filled with extremes, and they’re begging you to react to them. They could be screaming with rage, quietly crying or on a spiritual high.. none of them are relaxed and comfortable though. I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but here’s some famous singers who also paint ;-)

In no particular order. Do let me know if I have missed someone too and I might add them.

singer marilyn manson paintingMarilyn Manson – Springtime for Hitler. See more art on his website here.

singer john mellencamp artJohn Mellencamp – El Paso. He no longer seems to have his paintings up on his website. He’s a very accomplished painter though.

tony bennet paintingTony Bennet – Dizzy Gillepsie. The singer calls his painter self Anthony Benedetto. See more of Mr Benedetto’s work at his website here.

joni mitchell artJoni Mitchell – Both Sides 1 (self portrait). See more of here art on her website here.

david bowie self portraitDavid Bowie – Self Portrait. See more of his art at his website here (the images were very tiny which was frustrating!).

paul stanley of kiss paintingsPaul Stanley (KISS) – Crossroads. So many musicians seem to paint musicians, funny that. See his website here.

singer john lennon artJohn Lennon. He was probably more of a doodler than a fully developed artist.

singer bob dylan artBob Dylan – Backyard. Mr Zimmerman seems to take his visual arts quite seriously. Here’s his art website here.

That’s 8 famous singers and musicians who also paint and draw. Who haven’t I included? Oh and the work at the top of this post is a detail of a drawing by Australian artist Brett Whiteley.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Bert McCracken of The Used designs his own t-shirts and I’m not sure what else.

  2. Captain Beefheart (Don van Vliet) was a painter for many years before he died.
    Paul Simenon, of The Clash, is quite a good, recognised painter.

  3. Jordan Kenneth Shugarts says:

    I’m looking to ask for assistance on a painting I received, from when I was a little boy I had noticed this art work which was sold by a teacher of Yale University a Female Teacher Jordan. And I was informed that this painting was painted by a one Usher Raymond who was a Art Student before his major hit song “MyWay”. The only problem I’m having is establishing proof, and getting a response for notarized proof. Do you know of anyway to get this information, and if it would be worth it.


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