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Captain Beefheart, Desert Artist, Dies

Captain Beefheart, Desert Artist, Dies

Captain Beefheart was a rock-n-roll wildman, too avant garde—if that’s possible–for the likes of his friend Frank Zappa. But Don Van Vliet (his real name), who died on December 17, 2010, was also a visionary painter of the desert. Van Vliet grew up in Glendale and turned to art before he found music–sculpting animal figures at the Griffith Park Zoo as a boy. He was imprinted with the scent and space of the desert while attending Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster. The allure of psychedelic rock took precedence over art for a time in the 1960s, as giants like…

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