Written by Jessica L. Pizzo.
We all know Swizz Beatz likes to flex his creative muscle on canvas. We've also seen Fat Joe rock tags for the likes of A$AP Rocky and Lil' Wayne in recent weeks. Art and music, most certainly, go hand in hand.
There is a long legacy of famous musicians with skill in other mediums. From those we expect, like the multi-talented Kim Gordon, to the surprising (who knew Miles Davis enjoyed painting?), the world of music supplies a varied pool of visual arts talents. Individual histories in art vary, but often the rock stars we admire began life as art school students. Their work is exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, compiled into comprehensive art books, and often auctioned off for charity.
From the trained abstract expressionist to the passionate dilettante, here are 15 musicians who also moonlight as visual artists.