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Kurt Cobain Was Also an Artist, Not Just a Musician

Updated on January 11, 2015

Kurt Cobain the Painter

Whether or not he pursued art or music it was said by people that knew him that he would have succeeded, as either an artist or as a musician. One of his art teachers thought that he was destined to be a famous artist. If you are a fan of his band, Nirvana then you have already been introduced to some of his artworks. He designed the artwork for his bands albums, and about half of the covers to them. He had designed the liner notes to Nevermind, and had masterminded the cover concept, and it has been said that he conceived the idea after he had watched a program about water births. If you have seen the artwork for Incesticide and In Utero then you have seen more of his artwork. This lens is to share some of his paintings with you.

Floating Fetus & Penis
Floating Fetus & Penis

All That Remains....

His widow, Courtney Love , holds his estate, and up till recently the world had not seen too many of his artworks. A few he had given to friends and aquaintances while he was alive. He liked to paint on gaming boards from old games he purchased at the thrift store. It has been said that some of his works contained his dna, as he would sometimes incorporate his semen into the paint as it dried.

His journals which contained some drawings, song lyrics, and ideas have also been published. I won't get into a debate as to why it took so long for these to be shown or why they have been hidden for so long. I would love to someday see a gallery showing of his art. The paintings shown in this lens are ones that are said to be going up for auction as Love wants or if it will remain in the hands of someone else I do not know. His daughter has shown an interest in art too, and has had her first art show under a pen name, because she didn't want people to attend based on the fame of her parents legacy.

More of Kurt's Artwork


...I feel this society has lost it's sense of what art is, Art is expression. In expression you need 100% full freedom, and our freedom to express our art is seriously being fucked with.

— Kurt Cobain, Journals

Cobain on Amazon


Drawings, and lyrics....etc.

Cobain Unseen
Cobain Unseen

By far this book is the best way to see his artworks. As his friends who had been given works from him allowed them to be seen for the first time in years.



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      ColettaTeske 4 years ago

      Thanks for a look at the other side of Grunge!

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I never knew Kurt Cobain was an artist too!

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      New for me also. Fantastic artwork.

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      Jo-Jackson 5 years ago

      I had no idea he was an artist. Thanks for sharing.

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      capturedbykc 5 years ago

      I recently discovered this about Kurt Cobain and he was indeed talented. I wasn't around when he passed but I surely wish I would have been around when he was alive to hear him play.

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      @MizzMary: Her art is very similar to his. Google her name and art.

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      MizzMary 5 years ago

      I didn't know this about Cobain. Totally caught my interest and I would love to see his daughters artwork...because she is his daughter (just what she wouldn't want).

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      @Ayerox: They never played anywhere near where I lived....I wish I could of caught them live too.

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      Ayerox 5 years ago

      it sucks I was 3 years old when he left, I would love to see him play

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens!