Art is one of those things that is almost always a matter of personal taste. The Mona Lisa may just be a woman looking strangely at you to some people, while others see it as a definitive work of art. In the same way, actors, musicians, and other artists who provide us with entertainment in one form of another have their followers and their haters. Combining the created physical art of an entertainment artist with the persona of the entertainer is sure to draw out the followers and haters.
As you peruse this gallery of celebrity art, realize that you are going to be amazed and horrified – depending on how you feel about the celebrity. It’s hard to be objective, even if you are an art critic, when dealing with celebrities. Browsing through this gallery should be thought of as a time of exploration well-spent.
Here is an overview of what you can expect.
Actors that work at their art include Anthony Hopkins, whose art may require more than a casual peek into his psyche. Jim Carrey, who appears to have a lot of red paint left over in his closet, doesn’t seem willing to venture into the world of abstract art. James Franco’s “Fat Stallion” is definitely a painting that deserves some questions as to his motivation for the painting.
Musicians that are multitalented include Michael Jackson, whose drawings are introspective insights into this own personality, something that you can believe is either an awareness of his problems or his refusal to seek the help he needed. The amazing Tony Bennett seems to use art as a way to escape from the hectic world and finds art to be a simple pleasure. Whether you consider the drawings of John Lennon to be art is definitely a matter of personal taste.
Prince Charles obviously prefers landscapes, though only a professional artist would be able to say if landscapes are easier to paint than other forms. Former president George W. Bush is generally known to have artistic talent, and you can wonder about his “feet in the bathtub” painting.
But the various works of art and their artists underscores why we are both fascinated and puzzled at the results we see. Whether we should try to look into the psyches of these celebrities as we wonder why Van Gogh would slice off his ear are both paths that are perhaps best left untraveled. Not every song that is written is meant to be heard, and not every painting that is created is meant to be understood.
As you go down the list of names and their creative works, what you should keep in mind above everything is that all of these people have proven they are not one dimensional. Even Sylvester Stallone of Rocky and Rambo fame has made a contribution to this gallery. There is a lesson here in that we don’t have to be on an A-list to pursue our own interests that make our own lives better and allow us to be creative.
That is something we should all be able to agree on.