First, the art – the four paintings and a drawing in this set were apparently composed in 1993, while Kurt & Nirvana were recording In Utero, the challenging, harrowing follow-up to Nevermind.
As such, the pieces are snapshots of what was going on in his head – images of decay, death, and weird, twisted imagery that were perfectly in-tune with his consistently enigmatic (and spiraling) personality.
The Fix put together a great article about this art and an upcoming e-book called Courtney Comes Clean, compiled by its staff and Barnes & Noble.
From their article (which is linked below), which sheds more light on these pieces of artwork and the legal imbroglio in which they are currently caught:
Love has publicly declared her intention to auction off the artwork, as well as guitars and other of Cobain’s memorabilia; the sale is expected to earn up to $100 million. However, ownership of the artwork is contested. According to sources, Cobain’s publishing company, EOM, covered Love’s unpaid storage fees for the cache and may try to block the auction.
For all the details and to take a look at more of these odd and captivating paintings from one of music history’s most tortured icons, visit The Fix. (Tip of the fedora.)
And for more examples of Kurt’s irreverent art, check out one of our pieces on the Visual Art of Famous Musicians.