Skip to content

Run the Jewels, St. Vincent, and More Create Masterpieces for Art Auction

Banks, Art,

Gather your complimentary wine and fancy cheeses, as we’re going to be discussing art. Specifically, a collection of various works of art made by superstar musicians, all whose works are now up for auction as part of a fundraiser for the Australian radio station FBi. The artists include Run the Jewel’s Killer Mike and El-P, St. Vincent, Earl Sweatshirt, Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo, Sky Ferreira, Four Tet, Okkervil River, Alt-J, Phantogram, Iceage, Phoenix, Banks, and many more. Each doodle starts at about $43 dollars as part of the station’s “Brush With Fame” fundraiser, which is taking place this week.

Despite not being visual artists by trade, most of these musicians did a pretty admirable job. Let’s look at some of the best pieces below, and you can see the rest on FBi’s website.

Earl Sweatshirt’s piece is very minimalistic, but demonstrates a remarkable grasp of the fundamentals of good design and iconography.


Killer Mike has definite comic influences, and knows how to set a scene using basic perspective.

Banks is very expressive, and uses a range of textures and an intentionally limited color-palette to mysterious effect.


Four Tet knows the value of negative space.

Iceage uses bold colors and delicate lines, painting an intriguing scene.

El-P’s is legitimately the best though.