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Classicalite's Five Best: Miles Davis Art...the Painter

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Aug 19, 2014 01:17 PM EDT
PHOTOS: Not Quite Gone Yet, Five Pieces from Miles Davis the Painter and Jazz Trumpeter (Photo : Miles Davis)
PHOTOS: Not Quite Gone Yet, Five Pieces from Miles Davis the Painter and Jazz Trumpeter (Photo : Miles Davis)
PHOTOS: Not Quite Gone Yet, Five Pieces from Miles Davis the Painter and Jazz Trumpeter (Photo : Miles Davis)
PHOTOS: Not Quite Gone Yet, Five Pieces from Miles Davis the Painter and Jazz Trumpeter (Photo : Miles Davis)
PHOTOS: Not Quite Gone Yet, Five Pieces from Miles Davis the Painter and Jazz Trumpeter (Photo : Miles Davis)

Miles Davis kept his cool as a seminal jazz trumpeter, but his ambition for artistic excellence went further than music--he was also a drawer and painter, sometimes adorning one of his records with his own cover art.

While he didn't begin really delving into his newfound craft until his mid-50s during a period of musical inactivity, Miles didn't so much dabble; he was a prolific artist until his final years.

His style was iconic, touching on a measure of abstract and avant-garde artists like him: Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, even some hints of African tribal art.

Although he didn't showcase or exhibit his paintings too much in his lifetime, upon his death in 1991, his estate mounted a few traveling gallery and museum shows.

Apparently, Quincy Jones owns a few pieces from Davis.

In 2013, he was published in a book entitled Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork.

So, thanks to Dangerous Minds, here are five choice pieces from the trumpeter as a part of his extended collection of works.

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