In 1980 Miles began to focus his talent in a new direction and started seeking expression not just through his music but also through visual art. He began with primitive figures and then experimented in colour and composition.
In contrast to his rich formal education as a musician, Miles as an artist was mostly self-taught. He became inspired by the Milan-based design movement known as “Memphis” whose theme was based on hot colours and clashing shapes. He worked under this influence for nearly two years during which time he created a substantial collection of work.
“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning . . . Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”
- Miles Davis
As his work matured his direction changed with intergrating, swirling abstracts and strong African inspired textures, filling his studio with tribal masks and haunting images of Arican art. He was moved to incorporate the essence of this rich imagery in his paintings.
He transformed his world of sound into shapes and colours and worked primarily with acrylic, pastes, pencil and markers, especially favouring large canvases with ample space.
These are the only two limited edition serigraphs Miles actually signed before his death. They are very rare with only an edition size of 100 pieces each and are very colorful. Don’t be confused with the posthumous pieces put out by the estate. The value of limited editions lies in 2 factors—an actual, not facsimile, signature by the artist, and the edition size, the smaller the better.