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SA artist pays tribute to David Bowie

SA artist Beezy Bailey produced over 50 pieces of art work with the singer.

FILE: David Bowie pictured in April 1976 in Helsinki. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - As tributes continue to pour in for the late British rock legend David Bowie, South African artist Beezy Bailey has shared his recollection of the icon as a painter.

Although Bowie has been revered for his musical talents, his artistic ability extended further into painting and sculpting.

Bailey met Bowie on his visit to SA in the 1990's and went on to produce over 50 pieces of art work with the singer.

He says Bowie was a 'magic man'.

"He came out to South Africa to come and check out what was happening in the country and came to interview me at my house and we discussed how we both made art and we both went to art school and that's where we started off what became a very successful collaboration. He was a magic man, his energy was unbelievable"

The actor and Grammy-award winning song writer has been described as a "master of reinvention", "an inspiration" and "a one of a kind icon".

Taking on an experimental approach to rock music and pop culture Bowie embodied the 'glam rock' age with his alter ego Ziggy Stardust in the 1970s.

He died on Sunday at the age of 69, after an 18 month battle with cancer and just days after the release of his 25th album Black Star.

Listen: Beezy Bailey pays tribute to David Bowie

Despite his relatively low profile over the past few years, Bowie gave no hint that he was gravely ill.

There's been speculation Black Star was a farewell message to his fans.

Music journalist Paul Stokes says the singer's latest offering may have given 'some insight' into his illness.

"The whole presentation of the work, you know you listen to it one way and you think he is on his way back perhaps he might tour again, but now as his last artistic testament it's a very eerie record."

Watch: David Bowie - Lazarus

The Rolling Stones have joined thousands of fans around the world in mourning his death.

The English rock band says they have not only lost an 'extraordinary' artist but also a friend.

The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie... 1/2

As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original. 2/2 #DavidBowie

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