Top Ten Punk Musicians Who are Also Visual Artists

Punk musicians who are also known and respected visual artists.

The Top Ten

1 Nick Blinko

Singer/songwriter/guitarist for Rudimentary Peni. “Outsider artist” whose pen and ink drawings and paintings have been shown in art galleries world-wide and published in many art books and art magazines. He also does all the artwork for his band (album covers, sleeves, logos, etc.). Seriously, check out his visual artwork if you get a chance. - THC13

2 Raymond Pettibon

Former bassist for Panic (Black Flag) and brother of Greg Ginn. Widely recognized in the fine arts world for using American iconography. Known for his comic-style drawings with disturbing, ironic or ambiguous text. Along with designing “The Bars” for Black Flag, he has also done the album cover artwork for them along with numerous other bands such as Sonic Youth, Foo Fighters, Minutemen, Off!, to name a few. A retrospective of his artwork entitled “A Pen Of All Work” spanned three floors of New York City’s New Museum in 2017. - THC13

3 Dick Lucas

Singer/songwriter for U.K.’s Subhumans. He does really cool, and actually quite beautiful, paintings. He also does balancing art which is pretty gnarly. Check out his paintings and balancing art through his Instagram dicklucasart. His balancing art blows my mind. My wife and I will be buying one, maybe two, of his paintings very soon. - THC13

4 Tomata Du Plenty

Frontman for The Screamers. Began his artwork career in 1983. He did a lot of canvas paintings featuring people he admired including his favorite poets, boxers,TV stars and musicians. During the 90’s, he would have multiple showings each year in California, New York and Florida. Many musicians would buy his paintings of themselves at the showings. - THC13

5 Alan Vega

Frontman for Suicide. Studied fine arts while attending Brooklyn College. His visual artwork included paintings and sculptures. During the 70’s he had residency at the OK Harris Gallery in SoHo - THC13

6 Dix Denney

Guitarist for The Weirdos. Has had many gallery showings of his paintings and other artworks. When asked when he started doing visual arts he replied that ever since he was a kid he loved smearing paint around on stuff (Lol). - THC13

7 Steve Caballero

Guitarist for The Faction and professional skateboarder. Does paintings since the 80’s and has had many showings. - THC13

8 Patti Smith Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.

Patti Smith Group. Started painting in the 70’s. She had an art exhibition titled “Strange Messenger” at The Andy Warhol Museum. - THC13

9 Mike Gallo

Bassist for Agnostic Front. Being into arts his whole life, he does paintings and graffiti art. - THC13

10 Warren Fitzgerald

Guitarist for The Vandals and co-owner of Kung-Fu Records. Avid painter who sells his paintings online. - THC13

The Contenders

11 Rikk Agnew

Does cool, kinda creepy paintings. He sells them online. - THC13

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