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  • Kurt Cobain's art: Paintings

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    Although known mostly for his musical accomplishment, Kurt Cobain was also a gifted visual artist. His better known works are the numerous record covers that he has designed for his band Nirvana, but beyond those, he also created a vast amount of paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages and sound/video montages.

    Surfaced Original Cobain Paintings: 22

    (0:12) 1. Lighthouse [1980]
    (0:22) 2. Harbor [1980]
    (0:32) 3. Airbrush Illustration 1 [1982-84]
    (0:43) 4. Airbrush Illustration 2 [1982-84]
    (0:55) 5. Punk American Gothic [?]
    (1:07) 6. Beach Guitarist [1983?]
    (1:17) 7. Thin Skeleton [1983?]
    (1:27) 8. Thin Alien Holding Flower [?]
    (1:37) 9. Beetle Glovebox Door Painting [?]
    (1:47) 10. Bleeding Anus [?]
    (1:57) 11. Skinny Man [?]
    (2:07) 12. Surrounded Fetus [1987-89]
    (2:19) 13. Crying Crouched Figure [1987-89]
    (2:34) 14. Warped Eye Kid [1987-89]
    (2:44) 15. Rectal Abscesses, Conjunctivitis, Spinabifida [1992?]
    (2:58) 16. Incesticide Cover [?]
    (3:08) 17. Lithium Cover [?]
    (3:18) 18. Marionette [?]
    (3:28) 19. Marionette and Seahorses [?]
    (3:40) 20. Abstract Nirvana [?]
    (3:50) 21. Crack Babies [?]
    (4:01) 22. Various Things in a Painting [?]

    INFO.

    1. Painting of a lighthouse, dated 1980. Used for the front cover of Beverly Cobain's book, "When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide For Depressed Teens." Signed "Kurt 80."

    2. Painting of a harbor, dated 1980. Signed "Kurt 80."

    3. Airbrush illustration of an abstract landscape, circa 1982-84. Signed "Cobain" in red felt tip on the lower right corner.

    4. Airbrush illustration of a guitarist playing in the middle of an abstract landscape, circa 1982-84. This piece was painted as a practice sketch before completing a final school assignment.

    5. Airbrush illustration of a couple of two aging, Reagan-era punks in the post-apocalypse. Informally known as "Punk American Gothic."

    6. Painting of a man on a desert island, playing a Les Paul guitar with an amplifier plugged into a palm tree. This painting is estimated to have been made in 1983.

    7. Painting of a skeleton-like figure, estimated to have been made in 1983. Signed "Kurdt Kobain."

    8. Painting of an alien-like figure holding a yellow rose flower in it's hand.

    9. Painting on the glovebox door of a Volkswagen Beetle formerly owned by Gary/Chris Cobain.

    10. Painting of a skinny figure, doubled up with what appears to be a broken and bleeding anus and surrounded by brightly colored flowers.

    11. Painting of a skinny man, believed to be a self portrait, previously shown on Nick Broomfield's Kurt & Courtney documentary.

    12. Painting of a fetus surrounded by white, thorn-like capillaries. This item was previously shown on Nick Broomfield's Kurt & Courtney documentary and is estimated to have been made between 1987-1989.

    13. Painting made on the back of a board game of an alien-like figure, crouched over and weeping, with faces of a woman and a mustached man in the background. This painting is estimated to have been made between 1987-1989.

    14. Painting of a child with a warped eye and crooked smile, dressed in a cloak and pointed hat and surrounded by white match-stick figures. This painting is estimated to have been made between 1987-1989.

    15. Oil on canvas painting of a suspended/hanging marionette with wings and an exposed penis, with a small cat sitting in the corner and a fairy flying in the top right corner. Titled "Rectal abscesses, Conjunctivitis, Spinabifida," this painting is estimated to have been made in 1992. In the right it's written "Hyperpilaurie, Fistula, Rectal Abscess, Gastroenteritis, Conjunctivitis, Spinabiffida."

    16. Oil on canvas painting of a large, ghostly marionette cradling a poppy flower in the crook of it's arm, whilst a child-like marionette doll clings to it's shoulder, used for the front cover of the Incesticide release.

    17. Painting of a marionette set against a dark background, used for the front cover of the Lithium single release.

    18. Painting of a marionette set against a pale background.

    19. Painting of a marionette and a seahorse. The marionette appears to be lighting a fire using a hand-drill.

    20. Abstract painting of three persons with Nirvana heading.

    21. Painting of a fetus smoking a crack pipe with a Nirvana heading, titled "Crack Babies."

    22. Painting of a phallus, sperm, a child with a warped eye, a fetus, a seahorse, black skeletal figures, a bird, and a horse.

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