A little over a week ago, the legendary DJ Q-Bert released his first foray into fine art, exclusively through When Art Imitates Life (W.A.I.L.), the art imprint spearheaded by MTV’s Sway Calloway and King Tech of the World Famous Wake Up Show.
The deejay, known to many as “the Jimi Hendrix of turntables”, pays homage to the album art for Hendrix’s 1967, Axis: Bold As Love, and sprinkles 50 hidden elements throughout the piece, in which he reflects on his life, interests and career.
The work, dubbed “Diskstroyer”, reveals itself through multiple viewings.
When asked about similarities between himself and Hendrix, Q says “we’re both so free, and we express animal instincts when playing our musical instruments.”
Two editions of the 250 pieces exist in a limited run of 60″ x 25″ canvases — Chromeo, boasting a metallic, hard-edged color pallette; and Spectrum, which stays true to the original Hendrix color format.
Every piece is numbered and signed by Q-Bert, making each a one-of-a-kind collectible. Additionally, each bears a unique set of Q-Bert’s handprints in acrylic paint atop the design.
“Diskstroyer is a spiritual representation of how order can be created out of chaos,” says Q. “It all falls within the title of the piece. Sometimes you have to destroy something to create something beautiful.”
To check out the piece, order one, or for more info, visit QBertArt.com.