Miles Davis The Collected Artwork

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One of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century, Miles Davis was a man of many talents. Around 1980, he turned to sketching and painting to keep his mind occupied with something when he wasn’t playing music. This hobby quickly turned into a serious passion, and Davis approached it with the same obsessive creativity he applied to music. The result is an impressive archive of unique and evocative visual work showcasing the varied skills of this legendary artist.

Throughout the 1980s, Davis studied regularly with New York painter Jo Gelbard, developing a distinct graphic style. Incorporating bright colors and geometric shapes, his art is reminiscent of work by Pablo Picasso as well as African tribal art, the historical influences he cited during occasional interviews on the subject. Author Scott Gutterman sat down with Miles Davis himself before his death in 1991 and the artist’s own commentary accompanies this remarkable showcase of his work.

Sadly, very few of his pieces were exhibited during Miles Davis’s lifetime. Over the last two decades, the Estate of Miles Davis has worked with gallery owners and private parties to assemble a comprehensive collection of the musician’s artwork. Many celebrities are among the most adamant collectors, including Quincy Jones, who offers a foreword to the book. This long-overdue celebration is a treasure for art lovers as well as music aficionados who will appreciate the window into the life of this creative genius.

Editorial Reviews

All About Jazz: “. . . this is indeed a wonderful collection, with excellent production

San Jose Mercury News : “In his last decade, the trumpeter studied painting and grew obsessed with it. Many of his canvases are reproduced in this lavish book: vibrantly colored, at times echoing Picasso and African art.”

The Daily Beast : “Would you look twice if these works weren’t by Miles? Yes, you would. So put on some Miles music and settle in for a gallery tour. Images selected from the gorgeously produced Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork.”

About the Author

Scott Gutterman, Author: Scott Gutterman writes about music and art for Vogue, Artforum, the New Yorker, GQ, and other publications. He is the deputy director of the Neue Galerie New York. He lives in New York City.

Quincy Jones, Contributor: Quincy Jones is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, film composer, television producer, and trumpeter. He lives in Los Angeles.

Cheryl Davis, Contributor: Cheryl Davis is Miles Davis' daughter. She lives in Henderson, NV.

Erin Davis, Contributor: Erin Davis is Miles Davis' son. He lives in Los Angeles.


PubWest Book Design Awards: 2014 - GOLD for Art Books