David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter and actor and visual artist. Born and raised in South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. Regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Bowie was also a painter, illustrator and visual artist, as well as an avid art collector. The cover for his 1995 album Outside is a close-up of a self-portrait (from a series of five) he painted that same year, one of which is now on exhibit at True North Gallery. He was invited to join the editorial board of the journal Modern Painters in 1998.