As we today mourn the loss of one of the music world’s most prolific and potent creators, the late, great David Bowie, we also take the time to share some of his other incredible talents.

Many of you may know that Bowie was not only a wonderfully gifted singer/songwriter but also an incredibly talented mime artist, actor and artist. We wanted to take today’s sadness and offer up a reflection of Bowie from the man himself in some of his painted self-portraits.

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We’ve chosen to look at his self-portraits as opposed to his other work as we wanted to look through the eyes of Bowie at himself. True, self-portraits can often lean on the side of narcissism but they also offer a candid view into the artist if they permit it. Bowie does allow the audience to view him in a more stripped back and vulnerable way in these paintings offering a chance to see the man who made his name as rock’s chameleon without his camouflage.

The images are very striking indeed. Given to you below in chronological order we see not only interpretations of famous Bowie albums but also a deep an unapologetic use of Neo-Expressionism as Bowie looked to convey his always whirring creative mind’s eye view of himself.

Please visit this incredible site which has all of the great man’s paintings in one place dating way back to the 1950s.

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Self-portrait 1978
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Self-portrait 1980
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Self-portrait 1994
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Self-portrait 1995 used on Outside’s album artwork
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Self-Portrait 1995
Self-portrait 1995
Self-portrait 1995
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Self-portrait 1996
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Self-portrait 1996
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Self-portrait 1996
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sketch with no date, but we like to think it was the first workings of Ziggy Stardust

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