Despite his work in film, the industry itself never moved fast enough for an energetic artist like Bowie, who noted in a 1995 interview: “No, I never thought about giving up music for acting. Acting is not on my list of priorities. It's actually extremely boring. I can't understand how actors can do it; it's so vegetating. I think the only thing that I considered changing my professional motivation to was painting, the visual arts; and I was very close to that in the ‘80s. I don't think I was actually really close to giving up music entirely, because I don't think that could ever happen, but I was certainly spending far more time painting and sculpting in the ‘80s than I was making music.”

Bowie was also open about his ongoing desire to change artistic directions, saying, “As an artist, I was never interested in developing and having a continuum in style. For me, style was just something to use. It didn't matter to me if it was hard rock or punk or whatever, it was whether or not it suited what I was trying to say at a particular point in time. It has always been essential to me that my public perception was such that I'd be left free to kind of float from one thing to another. That's just how I work. I'm not a guy who learns a craft and then refines that craft over 25 or 30 years. I'm not that kind of artist. Maybe it sounds pretentious, but I feel that I'm much more of a post-modernist than that.”

Bowie in Labyrinth
On the set of 1986's Labyrinth, Bowie seemed to be amused by the reaction that his never-ending artistic changes had on critics and his audience, saying with a laugh: "I more or less love to break down any context about who the hell I was or what I was doing and kind of leave everybody wondering, 'What the [hell] is he? Wasn't he the bloke in a suit in 1983?'"

Bowie is survived by his wife of more than 20 years, former model Iman; his son, film director Duncan Jones (from Bowie’s first marriage to Angela “Angie” Barnett); and daughter Alexandria Jones (from his marriage to Iman).  

Bowie existed so all of us misfits learned that an oddity was a precious thing. he changed the world forever.

— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 11, 2016

RIP David . I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest performance artists to have ever lived. #sorrow

— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) January 11, 2016

I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.

— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016

Rip Father of all us freaks. Sad sad day. Love always Legendary singer David Bowie dies at 69 https://t.co/ezRx7NVhSC # via HuffPostEnt

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 11, 2016

Just heard. There aren't many legends left to lose. Unthinkable and tremendously sad. #Bowie #Heroes

— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 11, 2016

David Bowie is a searing genius who will inspire millions for thousands of years. Planets will be named after him.

— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) January 11, 2016

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