Former Metallica bassist-turned-painter Jason Newsted wasn’t prepared to share the Art Miami spotlight with Jean-Michel Basquiat collaborator Al Diaz and artist Danny Minnick. Literally.
The trio teamed up to paint a giant piece on the side of the Art Miami Pavilion on Saturday. But Newsted hadn’t brought enough art supplies to town, where he was showing off his RAWK exhibition throughout the week.
“Newsted ran out of paint three quarters through painting the mural titled ‘Birds of a Feather,’ ” says a source down south. “He was desperate to find more paint to finish the mural when he realized his booth was next to Mr. Brainwash’s. He peeked behind the booth and found spray paint, which he ‘liberated’ to finish the mural.”
Mr. Brainwash, a French-born street artist who is regarded as one of the world’s best, wasn’t at his booth at the time, we’re told. Our insider said that was where there was “a giant bag” of spray cans that Newsted figured would suit his needs.
Mr. Brainwash laughed when he heard his paint stash had been raided by a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
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“Frankly, Newsted swiped it,” our spy laughed. “He used more than a dozen cans.”
We’re told that on Sunday, Art Miami coordinator Nick Korniloff spotted Mr. Brainwash chatting with fellow artist Shepard Fairey and informed him that Newsted had “borrowed” his inventory and meant no harm.
“He just laughed,” we’re told. We also hear that Newsted later found Mr. Brainwash and confessed to his deed.
“Mr. Brainwash laughed it off,” according to our art world insider. “They all thought it was funny.”
Miami Heat owner Micky Arison, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and “Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary were all on hand to see Newsted and his team paint the mural.
Newsted played with Metallica from 1986 until 2001 and reunited with them on stage when the metal band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. He turned his attention to painting following a 2006 shoulder injury that slowed down his touring schedule, and hosted his first art exhibition in 2010.
With Brian Niemietz