Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith isn’t concerned about impressing the art establishment with his newest art collection, The Art of Chad Smith, currently on display at the Russell Collection Fine Art gallery in Austin.
Smith’s venture into the art world began in 2015 when Los Angeles visual-art team SceneFour approached the musician, having previously worked with well-known drummers like Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward, the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, and Slayer’s Dave Lombardo to create eclectic, abstract works that attempted to capture the essence of their music in a visual form. “I thought their ideas were really interesting,” said Smith, who hadn’t previously considered creating visual art. “It’s always fun to change and grow and challenge yourself and do something different.”
The 58-year-old explained that he’d play instruments with special drum sticks, and the pictures of his actions would be manipulated to create something that no longer resembled a human being. See what Chad Smith has created so far below.