Churchill at the Easel
How about Tony Bennett, Joni Mitchell and Dennis Hopper? Turns out each of these celebrities is also a painter. It’s not uncommon for the creative impulse to spill over into numerous art forms – the gene to make art runs deep. But sometimes fame binds an individual so strongly to one role, we're surprised when other artistic skills are revealed.
You might be surprised to discover just how skilful some of these folks are with a paintbrush, but many of the celebrities explain they were drawing and painting long before they turned to the stage. Others save painting as a refreshing change of pace or an alternate means to express themselves.
Well-known actors Sir Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Legends of the Fall) and Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings, Eastern Promises) have each been recognized for their skill as painters. Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood has chosen his famous band mates as the subject of his paintings and enjoys using his iPad and iPhone to make art while on the road.
The celebrity artist isn’t restricted to stage and screen. Consider the artwork of such famous names as Olympic skater Toller Cranston, Prince Charles and Sir Winston Churchill – discover their work style, their inspiration, their artistic achievements.
Check out the home pages and artwork of many more celebrity artists at www.poplifeart.com. You just might be surprised. I know I was.
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Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art