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. 


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