The Quick 10: 10 Celebrity Artists
I went to an art show last night for some local artists, including Shawn Crahan. Maybe you don't know the name, but you've probably heard of his band: Slipknot. Some people are just so overflowing with creativity that it can't be contained to one medium "“ they sing, they act, they sculpt, they paint. I don't have that problem (I wish I did), but here are 10 people who do.
1. Paul McCartney. The Cute Beatle took up painting at the age of 40, but don't expect any deep, psychological explanations behind any of them: "I basically like to apply paint onto canvas. I just like the act of it -- I make it up as I go along. I really don't analyze them that much." The one pictured is called Big Heart and was dedicated to his then-fiancee, Heather Mills. Whoops.
2. Marilyn Manson. He sings, he writes, he makes absinthe, and, oh yeah, he paints. He once told a magazine that he started painting in 1999 by creating quick watercolors to sell to drug dealers. He has since had several exhibitions, but at least one critic thinks Manson is overrated, saying that his watercolors look as if they're done by a "psychiatric patient given materials to use as therapy." In a bad way. But that's kind of Manson's whole thing, isn't it?
3. Viggo Mortsensen is another one who is multi-talented. Not only is he an actor, he has 14 albums to his name, owns a publishing company, has written 16 books, speaks several languages, paints and is a photographer. Whew.
4. Josh Hartnett took up oil painting in high school after he was injured playing football. In fact, after 40 Days and 40 Nights got big, he took some time off to travel and paint. "It relaxes me because it's just me and the canvas and there's no right way or wrong way," he said. But he must keep his work to himself, because I couldn't find any examples of it.
5. David Bowie has been painting since the "˜70s. This piece was completed in 1976 and is called Portrait of J.O.
6. Bob Dylan created an entire series while he was on tour between 1989 and 1992 and named it "Drawn Blank." These were made into a book in 1994 and the series and its continuation is now for sale at a gallery in Germany. You can still buy this one to the left "“ it's called Rooftop Bar and is yours for the low price of Â£1,250.
7. Dennis Hopper was actually an artist long before he was an actor. A collection of his look at the "˜60s through photos was exhibited in 2000 and included portraits of figures from J.F.K. to Bill Cosby. That's Jane Fonda with a bow and arrow in the picture.
8. Tony Bennett is better known as Anthony Benedetto. His paintings are huge among the Hollywood set "“ owners of Benedetto originals include Oprah, Carol Burnett, Donald Trump, Mickey Rooney, Katie Couric and the late Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant. Don't let the self-portrait fool you: he's probably best known for his landscapes and nature scenes. But I couldn't pass up a self-portrait of Tony Bennett in a track suit, c'mon. You can see a more complete representation of his work here.
9. Sylvester Stallone. I know. I thought the same thing. But yes, Sly paints. I guess technically he's a multi-media artist, because his piece Rocky I included bits of script from the first Rocky film. I'm sure Rocky I hangs in a place of honor in a collector's home somewhere"¦
10. Marilyn Monroe. She may not have produced a large collection, but she did dabble. In fact, she created a painting of a red rose for none other than J.F.K., signing it "President Kennedy, Happy Birthday and again I say Happy Birthday. Always, Marilyn Monroe, June 1, 1962." She died before she had the chance to give it to him and it was sold in an auction of her personal items a few years ago.
There are plenty of other celebrity artists "“ are there any you think are particularly good? Or any who are laughably bad? Share in the comments, and have a good weekend!