9 Rock Stars Who Paint

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 11/05/2012 09:08 Updated: 11/05/2012 09:08

Rock stars: forever treading the line of cultural credibility.

But when some of them have given up thrashing guitars about, they start thrashing paint.

Pete Doherty of noughties indie bad boy fame is the latest rock star to do just that - but many have preceded him.

With folk legends, punk innovators and Beatles all joining the rock star art brigade, which ones are actually creating something of worth, and which are just filling the galleries with fans?

Click through our gallery and decide for yourself.

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  • Patti Smith

    Patti Smith's career as an artist stretches back almost as far as her one as a musician, being represented by New York gallerists since 1978. Since then, her varied multimedia, photographic and drawn works have appeared at the Andy Warhol Museum and Trolley Gallery, London. Various impressive institutions have been convinced by her skills, seeing her named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in 2005, and pick up an honorary doctorate in fine arts from NY's Pratt Institute. All in all, a thoroughly credible art rocker. IMAGE: AP

  • David Bowie

    Google 'David Bowie Art', and the singer's hit <em>Art Decade</em> is equally likely to appear as any work on canvas - which pretty much sums the rock star's artistic efforts up. Still, plenty of his fans pay a lot of money for his brightly coloured and bizarre prints, self-portraits and sculptures. He also curates Bowie-themed work by other artists on his <a href="http://www.bowieart.com/" target="_hplink">online gallery</a>. IMAGE: AP

  • Marilyn Manson

    Manson's work may be scary, but it's done with skill. Indeed, the goth rocker claimed in an interview to have started making money by selling watercolour sketches to drug dealers. He's since exhibited all over the world, to mixed reviews, and become owner of a gallery, which occasionally exhibits work he's not made himself. Pictured here is one of the pieces from his first show in France. IMAGE: AP

  • Robert Smith

    Robert Smith may be a scary-haired musician first and artist second, but his 1990 self-portrait is surprisingly competent. Perhaps a unique example of his work, Smith depicts himself in the style of the Cubist 'Blue Period', and the image is annotated with the lyrics to the then unreleased Cure track, A Letter To Elise. Some 1250 prints of the image were bought by lucky Cure fans IMAGE: PA

  • Bob Dylan

    Notably, not Bob Dylan in the image, but rather curator Kerstin Drechsel displaying his work for the singer's first ever museum exhibition, in Germany. Some would argue that Dylan's watercolours are distinctly less beautiful than his lyricism, but the star continues to exhibit successfully in galleries including The Gagosian, despite a <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/bob-dylan/8798660/Bob-Dylan-accused-of-plagiarising-art.html" target="_hplink">claim of plagiarism last year. </a>

  • John Lennon

    Maybe it's the influence of his artist wife Yoko Ono, or maybe it's the fact he's mourned the world over, but John Lennon's artwork continues to please. The Beatle was actually an artist before becoming part of the world's most famous band, and attended Liverpool Art Institute before drawing throughout his life. This image depicts the identifiable couple. PHOTO: Getty

  • Janis Joplin

    Like Lennon before her, rock goddess Joplin was a trained artist. Her paintings and drawings often depict fluid drawings and expressionist paintings of women, as well as more surreal images. However, for many she will be remembered for her incredible voice. IMAGE: AP

  • Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney and John Lennon have always been compared, so it's inevitable that their artwork would be too. This image shows him taking Her Majesty around his first extensive show of his work at Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery, with ex-wife Heather Mills. IMAGE: PA