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Celebrities That Are Little-Known for Their Painting Careers

Artist Lucy Liu photographed in her studio. Hollywood Reporter.

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Celebrities That Are Little-Known for Their Painting Careers

They say that a creative mind will have its outlet in several areas of art. This explains Leonardo da Vinci’s gift in both painting and architectural design. Also, Pablo Picasso’s genius as a painter and as a playwright. Upon looking into it further, it is easy to see that many people from popular culture also create art in various forms. So, here is a list of celebrities who are better known for their talent in singing and acting but who are also painters.

Marilyn Manson, When I Get Old (I would like to have a drink), 2002, location unknown. marilynmansonimages.com
Painters among celebrities: Marilyn Manson, When I Get Old (I would like to have a drink), 2002. Marilyn Manson Images.

Marilyn Manson

The singer, and part-time actor, Marilyn Manson (born Brian Hugh Warner), has always had a creative mind. Not only is he a songwriter, and singer but he has also been doing his own make up from a young age. The artist started watercolor painting in 1999 and he tell us that, in addition to oil paint, absinthe is amongst the materials that he incorporates into his works. His expressionist paintings are descriptive of his personal views and experiences as we see in Everyday it hurts to wake up (2002) and I’ve got my arm around no one (2005). Manson owns the Celebritarian Corporation Gallery of Fine Art in Los Angeles, USA, which publicly opened in October 2006.

David Bowie, D Head V, 1998, location unknown. mutualart.com
Painters among celebrities: David Bowie, D Head V, 1998. Mutual Art.

David Bowie

One of the best-selling music artists of all time, glam rock singer David Bowie was into painting as well as being a singer/songwriter. An avid art collector, Bowie, owned many artworks – sculptures, paintings and drawings and by the time he passed away his collection comprised more than 5000 pieces. Judging by his life story, it is safe to say that Bowie resorted to painting as a way to soothe his drug addiction. A prolific artist, he produced numerous paintings, the majority of which were portraits and many of which were then sold at auctions. Bowie used dark and hazy colors and his paintings often took on an expressionist style .

Lucy Liu, Adieu (Forever Goodbye), 2008, Shunga Collection, California, USA. lucyliu.net
Painters among celebrities: Lucy Liu, Adieu (Forever Goodbye), 2008, Shunga Collection, California, USA. Lucy Liu.

Lucy Liu

Actress Lucy Liu’s interest in fine art started when she was a teenager. Since then, this inspirational actress has produced several types of artworks, including collages, silkscreens, and paintings. Liu grew up the first generation child of an immigrant family, something which gave rise to mixed feelings. Liu explains that she saw art as a way to express her ambivalent feelings and moods. Her painting collection, Shunga, attracted a great deal of attention. It featured several highly meticulous works including some lesbian compositions. The Charlie’s Angels artist launched her first museum exhibition, Unhomed Belongings, at the National Museum of Singapore. It ran between January and February 2019.

Anthony Hopkins, Steelworkers, date unknown, Harte International Galleries, Hawaii, USA. anthonyhopkinsart.com
Painters among celebrities: Anthony Hopkins, Steelworkers, date unknown, Harte International Galleries, Hawaii, USA. Anthony Hopkins Art.

Anthony Hopkins

Actor Anthony Hopkins was introduced to painting by a young woman who made a drawing of little Anthony when he was about six years old. He never went to art school despite the encouragement of people around him who saw his drawings. On this point, Hopkins says that he thought he wasn’t skilled enough at the time. Recently, however, he has got back into fine art. The artist explains that he is quite an experimental painter. When it comes to using different types of paints he has used oil, acrylics and ink. Right now, his paintings are being permanently exhibited in Harte International Galleries, in Hawaii, USA.

Marilyn Monroe, Untitled (watercolor rose painting), 1962, private collection. pinterest.com
Painters among celebrities: Marilyn Monroe, Untitled (watercolor rose painting), 1962, private collection. Pinterest.

Marilyn Monroe

Unfortunately there is insufficient information about how Marilyn Monroe first took up drawing and painting. Everything we know about her relationship to fine art is from an auction that took place in Los Angeles, USA, in 2016. There, many of the personal items of this iconic blonde were sold for huge prices. The auction also revealed several of Monroe’s artworks. On the one hand, there was a series of drawings with descriptive captions and minimalist content, such as Lover Watching His Love Sleep (1960). On the other hand, there was a watercolor painting of a red rose, which Monroe intended to give to the then-president John F. Kennedy. Apparent from the inscription, she created this painting as a birthday gift. However, the artist passed away only two months after finishing it and so sadly never got to give the painting to him.


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As a western languages and literatures graduate, Merve is obsessed with fine arts as well as anything associated to cinema.

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