Exotic Birds

N.p. N.p., 1979. Original arwork depicting exotic birds in a glorious psychedelic landscape, also known as Don Van Vliet's mind. Signed "Van Vliet / 79." From the collection of Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas, for whom the painting was made.

It was around this time that Van Vliet famously began to contribute artwork to the covers of two of his finest recordings, "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)" (1978) and "Doc at the Radar Station" (1980).

Gary Lucas was the principal guitar player, along with Jeff Moris Tepper, in Beefheart's final configuration of the Magic Band, appearing prominently on Beefheart's last two recordings, the aforementioned "Doc at the Radar Station" (1980) and "Ice Cream for Crow" (1982). Lucas' solo guitar performances of "Flavor Bud Living" and "Evening Bell" on the respective recordings are singular in Beefheart's ouevre.

Lucas managed and performed with Beefheart for five years, until Van Vliet retired to Trinidad, California to be a full-time painter in the mid-1980s. During their association, well before he gained notoriety as a painter, Beefheart spontaneously created drawings for Lucas, typically using colored markers, and typically reflecting the situation where the drawing was being made, either literally or on some abstract level.

10.5 x 13.75 inches. Red, orange, and black marker on drawing paper. Archivally framed and matted. Fine.

Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Lucas.


[Book #131512]

Price: $19,500.00