A Crossover of a Different Colour by Kristine McKenna

Once known as avant-garde musician Captain Beefheart, Don Van Vliet has quickly won the art world’s attention as a painter The art world tends to regardRead More

American primitive on Madison Avenue

As unlikely as it may once have seemed, Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) has a one man show of his recent paintings at the KnoedlerRead More

An Old Fart At Play: Conversations With Captain Beefheart by Lou Stathis

An Old Fart At Play: Conversations With Captain Beefheart by Lou Stathis

Photograph copyright Anton Corbijn, used by kind permission There’s no doubt in my mind that Don Van Vliet (better known by his nom de disc, CaptainRead More

Animals and Black Ladies by Karsten Ohrt

In 1990, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik organized a large retrospective exhibition Rockens Billeder (Images of Rock), which contained works of European and American artists from the previousRead More

Beef Art by David Belcher

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART invading Cork Street, discreet and dangerously expensive centre of London’s gallery world? But yes. The Captain’s news is that Don Van Vliet’s paintings willRead More

Captain Beefheart Gaining International Acclaim – for Painting by John Rogers

A long time ago, in an artistic dimension somewhere in another galaxy called the 1960s, there emerged an unlikely musical hero, name of Captain Beefheart. AtRead More

Captain Beefheart’s Far Cry by Lester Bangs

Captain Beefheart’s Far Cry by Lester Bangs

He’s alive, but so is paint. Are you? Don Van Vliet is a 39-year-old man who lives with his wife Jan in a trailer in theRead More

Don Van Vliet -The Painting by Jessica Rutherford

30 years ago Don van Vliet and his friend Frank Zappa wrote a film script and accompanying sound-track with the title Captain Beefheart Meets the GruntRead More

Don Van Vliet at Galerie Michael Werner on 5th May, 1985 by Carl Berger

Don Van Vliet at Galerie Michael Werner on 5th May, 1985 by Carl Berger

Ahm gonna tell you the story of how I came to meet Don Van Vliet. Well, to be honest, I stood in front of him, yes,Read More

Don Van Vliet at Michael Werner by Jutta Koether

Last year Captain Beefheart, one of the few musicians left on earth who doesn’t just deserve the label unique but actually embodies uniqueness, made his firstRead More

Don Van Vliet In Bielefeld by Andreas Beaugrand

In our days, music is everywhere: on the radio and on TV, at home and wherever you go, on the stage, at the supermarket and inRead More

Don Vliet and Agostinho Rodrigues by Steve Froy

Don Vliet and Agostinho Rodrigues by Steve Froy

One of the many myths surrounding Don’s early years involves his association with a Portuguese sculptor called Agostinho Rodrigues (sometimes written as Augustino Rodriquez). Don’s storyRead More

Exhibition book Stand Up To Be Discontinued reviewed by Chuck Stephens

The Collected Paintings of Don Van Vliet, the once (and future?) Captian Beefheart A reporter from New York Rocker once asked poet, painter and composer DonRead More

Exhibitions by Robert Hanks

Recording artist: Don van Vliet, the artist, is now back in touch with Captain Beefheart, the legend. Robert Hanks spots the difference. When he was aRead More

How Much!!!??? by Peter Warner

By Who & By What Is One Enlightened Or Deceived? Is it possible to judge with an uncritical eye as if Captain Beefheart never existed? DonRead More

In Tune With Art by Rip Rense

Today Captain Beefheart aims to make the canvas sing Captain Beefheart, iconoclastic musical inventor of the ’60s and ’70s, is alive and well – in aRead More

Music’s Mad Genius Finds Solace and Success in Painting by John Rogers

It was music, in retrospect, that was particularly befitting of the 1960s, the decade to which it was born. Like the time, it was young andRead More

New Work 1988-89 exhibition introduction by John R. Lane

Living on a cliff overlooking the Pacific since the early eighties amid the redwood forests and wildlife, Don Van Vliet has embraced painting with the sameRead More

Pearls Before Swine by Luca Ferrari

Ice Cream for Crow. On the Relationship between Music and Painting in Captain Beefheart’s Work Those who, over the last twenty years, have loved the musicRead More

Picture This by Jonathan Morris

Picture This by Jonathan Morris

This month Brighton Museum is staging two of the most exciting exhibitions seen in the town for years. Underground London and Stand Up To Be DiscontinuedRead More

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