Libertines and Babyshambles rocker Pete Doherty is attempting to launch a new career as a visual artist with a new gallery exhibition in London showcasing paintings he made using his own blood, among other media. On Blood: A Portrait of the Artist features artwork the musician created for his 2009 solo album Grace/Wastelands, along with several other works created since then.
Doherty, best known in the U.S. for his many drug-related arrests and his relationship with model Kate Moss, says he developed his "arterial splatter" technique by squirting his blood with a syringe onto a canvas. The paintings also include elements of collage, plus written lyrics and poetry penned by the rocker.
- Pete Doherty