Captain Beefheart portrait (2016)
A4 in size - inks, pencils, coloured card and magazine collage.
Signed and numbered edition of 20.
Available as a high quality giclee print on matt-finish smooth rag paper.
Original cut and paste illustration also available to buy - email me at dunstancarter(at)gmail.com for info.
Captain Beefheart is one of my all time favourite music icons. There's a whole bizarre mythology that surrounds the musical career of Don Van Vliet (aka The Captain). From his melodramatic mood swings, fantastical childhood stories and vast LSD consumption, through to that bizarre growl of a voice and his psychedelically surreal lyrics and art. If you like his music and you haven't yet read Mike Barnes' excellent biography, get a copy. I finished this portrait around the same time I finished my Frank Zappa. The original plan was to have them together as one piece but it didn't work out and with this separate Beefheart portrait I wanted to capture that fearsome scowl and incorporate bits of magazine collage too. The band on his hat comes from a photo of rocks from the Grand Canyon and the coat he's wearing is buffalo fur. In hindsight the piece has a bit of a yeti / abominable snowman feel to it, but that's about 80% accidental and only came to me when I positioned his left arm near the end. It seems apt - The Captain was a growling, blues yeti of a man.