Don Van Vliet

Don Van Vliet is a legendary figure in both music and the visual arts. Growing up in Glendale, California, Don Van Vliet gained notoriety as a child prodigy who sculpted life-like animal forms out of clay. He would continue to draw, paint and sculpt throughout his life, but in the early 1960s music became his main passion. Performing under the stage name Captain Beefheart, together with his Magic Band Don Van Vliet produced a number of highly unconventional blues- and rock-inspired albums. After two decades in the spotlight as an avant-garde rock composer and performer, Don Van Vliet turned his back on the music industry and since the early 1980s has devoted his entire efforts to painting. Since 1985 Don Van Vliet’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. He passed away in December 2010.

Don Van Vliet is featured in Edition: Out Of This World

Black Accoutant (1989)
Black Doily (1992)
Curve In The Dirt (1996-97)
Goat Head 1993-34
Golden Birdies (1988)
Gray Ape (1988)
Manta Ray
Tint, Blush, Coo (1987-90)
Treed But Not Crow (1987)
Untitled (1967)
Untitled (1969)
Untitled (1969)
Untitled Poem (from the back sleeve of "Lick My Decals Off Baby")
A Christmas Card From Don Van Vliet