Eye on Art: A Brief History of Art By Musicians


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Artist: Hannah Hooper, GROUPLOVE

When Hannah Hooper isn't spending her days as frontwoman of L.A. indie band Grouplove, she is also the band's Art Director. In addition to designing both of Grouplove's album covers; her original artwork - an array of delicately vibrant portraits and mixed media paintings on canvas and wood - were featured in a pop-up gallery last month in L.A., which benefited the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. More of Hooper’s art can be found at hannahhooper.com



Artist: Father John Misty

The album cover for Father John Misty's 2012 album Fear Fun blew our minds. Though the saucy folk singer himself was not the party responsible (the artist was Dimitri Drjuchin, whose incredible projects can be viewed here), Josh Tillman has been known to dabble in the visual arts in other ways. In addition to starring in a number of horrifyingly beautiful music videos for Fear Fun, he's been known to drop hand-drawn and painted gems to his Tumblr, including a number of recent tabloid-inspired watercolors. 


Bye Bye Love

Artist: Tim Armstrong, Rancid/Operation Ivy

Tim Armstrong’s legacy as leader of game-changing bands in punk-rock and ska music is undeniable, but Armstrong was also stirring aesthetic undercurrents with his beautiful collection of record covers and poster art. The print pictured above is a part of his latest project, Tim Timebomb & Friends, in which Armstrong, with the help of a host of collaborators, incredibly recorded a song a day for a year - with accompanying original artwork for each track. The project ended yesterday, and can be viewed on Tim’s website at timtimebomb.com 


Rain Machine album cover

Artist: Kyp Malone, TV on the Radio

Neon, pan-continental references, waterfalls, rainbows and…crayons? When you consider this all came from the mind of TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone, it might make a little more sense. The art covers Malone’s 2009 solo project, Rain Machine. ”It's gonna be what it's gonna be,” we imagine he said of the drawing when it was done, much like he did before he went for it in this Talking Heads cover


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Artist: Bob Dylan

The most unsurprising thing about Bob Dylan is he is full of surprises. That's probably why no one really batted an eye when he staged his first art exhibition in Germany in 2007. While the singer continues on the European leg of his Americanarama tour this winter, his latest art installation, an earthy portrait series titled Face Value, simultaneously shows at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Since it opened in August, the twelve pastel renderings Dylan described as “character sketches” have generated iffy reviews, but we’ll let you be the judge.