Most of us have probably heard Kurt Cobain’s music at some point in our lives, but did you know that he used to paint as well? That’s right, the legendary Nirvana frontman was a multi-dimensional artist, and The Seattle Art Fair decided to host an exhibition, dedicated to Kurt’s visual artwork. It included some of his never-before-seen paintings which add new dimensions to the artist’s already rich personality.
Organized by the United Talent Agency (UTA), the exhibition took place at Seattle Art Fair from August 3-6. Kurt’s paintings, depicting skeletal figures and dark iconography, strongly coincide with his music. In addition to Cobain’s paintings, Seattle Art Fair showcased a selection of his notebooks (that have been in storage since his death in 1994) and a selection of works by other rebel artists like Mike Kelley, Nate Lowman, Elizabeth Peyton and Raymond Pettibon.
Some hardcore Nirvana fans might also recognize one painting. Even though it’s untitled, the same artwork was used on the album cover for Incesticide. Despite huge interest, Kurt’s pieces weren’t available for purchase. “It’s too hard to put a price on them,” UTA representative Joshua Roth said. “They’re very special to the family.”