5 Celebrities you didn’t know were artists

Paul McCartneySometimes there’s no end to people’s talents. That’s certainly true of many celebrities. When they’re not starring in blockbuster movies, releasing hit records, crooning for the masses, or, in one case, living a life of tax-payer funded luxury, they’re hitting the canvas and oils to create their own artistic masterpieces.

Oh yes, the artistic impulse is something that can’t be quashed, and many famous faces prefer to relax and unwind by, not spending their outrageous fortunes on super yachts and million pound mansions (though I’m sure they do that, too), but on whipping out the water colours.

We’ve all familiar with the artistic genius of Picasso and Dali, but I bet you didn’t know a member of the Rebel Alliance was a dab hand with acrylics as well.

Lucy Liu

Luc Liu is something of a scary lady. Her roles in films such a Charlies Angels and Kill Bill have cemented her reputation as a no-nonsense bad-ass, and her most recent role as Watson in the updated Sherlock Holmes series Elementary further ratifies her kick ass first, ask questions later image.

In reality, she has a softer, more expressive side, indulging her passion for art by enrolling at the New York Studio school to expand her artistic knowledge and hone her creative skills. She’s even created piece made up from found objects from rubbish bins in her native Queens. Artistic inspiration, you see, can be found anywhere.

George W. Bush

Who’d have thought it? The 43rd president of the United States, purveyor of some of the most cringe-worthy gaffes in history (“They misunderestimated me”), and the most embarrassing example of any political leader in the history of the known Universe, good ol’ George Dubya actually has a penchant for painting pooches. Lots of them, apparently.

And while past presidents have indulged in their own post-premiership activities (Pierce hit the bottle, Coolidge wrote newspaper columns, Johnson became a chain-smoking depressive), Georgie became something of a recluse to paint his favourite four-legged friends. Inspired by Churchill’s predilection for painting, he’s confessed picking up a paintbrush changed his life. Also on the plus side, his finger’s no longer anywhere near the nuclear button.

Prince Charles

I’ve actually a sneaking admiration for Prince Charles. He always comes across as an affable and decent cove, pleasant, hospitable, easy-going, generous, and a man who tries to engage with the people on a real, human level despite his privileged position. He’s into rainforest conservation, green issues, and new urbanism.

He’s also a keen and enthusiastic painter, who immerses himself in painting watercolours (primarily landscapes and royal homes)to escape his intense social obligations.

The Telegraph’s art critic has dismissed his paintings as “prosaic” and “torpor-inducingly conventional” (but who’s ever cared the pseudo-snobbery of some supercilious a critic?), and Charles has always maintained a refreshingly self-deprecating attitude to his work (“This will look much better further away. I think about a hundred yards.”).

The point is he uses art as art should be embraced: as a creative, emotional, expressive outlet; a medium through which you can be yourself and not give two hoots about anyone else’s opinion.

Paul McCartney

True, all of the Fab Four have shown some interest in the visual arts since their early days of warbling the likes of Hey, Jude and All You Need Is Love. Paul McCartney, however, has arguably out-shone all the others and emerged as the Beatle with the most impressive oeuvre.

Ol’ Macca – unlike John Lennon, who went to art school and sketched prolifically throughout the 60s and 70s – indulged in his artistic endeavours much later in life, during the 80s. This was largely due to his friendship with abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning.

Unlike his music, though, McCartney originally preferred to keep his paintings private, and was quite insecure about them until de Kooning encouraged him to display his artistic creations. McCartney did this in 1999 at a small gallery in Siegen, Germany, and his UK gallery debut was held a year later at the Arnolfini in Bristol.

He’s since had a comprehensive volume of his artwork published by Bullfinch Press, entitled, appropriately enough, Paul McCartney: Paintings .

Billy Dee Williams

Who’d have ever thought that Han Solo’s old double-crossing buddy, Lando Calrissian, would have spent his post Evil Empire-fighting days holding a paintbrush rather than blasting Stormtroopers?

Williams’ – who was raised in Harlem – actually began his career as an artist, having studied at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts. He initially took on acting roles to support his artistic inclinations….and just look what happened. Needless to say his artistic career was put on hold while he fought in galaxies far, far away.

Drawn back to the canvas in the late 80s, he’s since produced a steady catalogue of work, primarily made up of expressionistic paintings. He cites his influences as Frida Kahlo and Edward Hopper, and his work has been shown at a plethora of international galleries and exhibitions.

And the list doesn’t end there. Ex-Bond Pierce Brosnan, Sylvester Stallone, Marilyn Manson, and one Johnny Depp are all pretty proficient with a paintbrush.

Can you think of any others? Share in the comments.

Bio:  Elise Leveque is a passionate writer and art enthusiast who tries to add as many artistic strings to her bow as possible.  She recommends Art Gallery.

Jullien Wooden Easel — An Essential Piece of Kit For Any Artist

Contemporary art reveals a lot about the artist and the era he is in. As such, Art is coined as timeless. It is a classic piece that speaks volumes of the artist as much as it is about the subject. Art is the channel which allows the artist to express himself in a lot of ways without fear, hesitation, or doubt of judgment. Every artwork is deemed personal and has the insignia of its creator embedded with every stroke and palette.

An artist would find it impossible to create a masterpiece without the necessary basic tools for painting. One of the most coveted and important piece of kit for any artist is the Jullien wooden easel. The Jullien brand; which was built by Roger Jullian, speaks of high-end quality easels and a wide range of accessories that are tailor-made for every artist’s selective taste. This is one of the top brands that are highly esteemed for its superior quality, authentic design, and top-notch traditional materials which explain why Jullien has the honest credibility that remains unparalleled for over 50 years now.

Here are the varied functions of Jullien wooden easel

  • Provides support and angling of canvas. This is practically the most basic function of this easel which is to provide support and proper angling of the canvas while you paint to give you an accurate and clear view of the subject.
  • Storage of painting tools. Easels usually have drawers and trays wherein you can easily put your paint jars and paintbrushes for convenient access while you are painting. This is a great way to maximize the easel space.
  • Versatile piece for painting outdoors or indoors. Easels are great tools for painting while sitting or standing; whichever way you prefer. There are different types of easels which can be used for tabletops or floor stands while you are at home or in a studio. Also, there are French easels which are portable and can be folded up for travel, easy storage, or for painting outdoors.

Here are the different types of Jullien wooden easel

  • Jullien Sketchbox French Easel – This is great for the traveler artist as it is portable and can be folded to fit any space. It has roomy compartments and drawers for your painting tools.
  • Jullien Field Easel – This is great for both indoor and outdoor use. This comes with a set of 3-leg spikes and a leather strap.
  • Jullien Tabletop Easel – This is perfect for students or for frequent travelers as this can be easily packed in your suitcase.
  • Jullien Mini Display Tabletop Easel – This is the smallest type of tabletop easel which is lightweight and tailor-fit to miniature canvasses.
  • Jullien Studio Easel – This is dubbed as the perfect novice easel which is great for indoor use or for display. The canvas holder and top clamps are pretty much adjustable to height preference.

The Jullien wooden easel is definitely a vital tool for artists mainly because of its multifaceted functions. There is a wide range of easels available in the market today that vary in price, construction, and design. But, Jullien wooden easel definitely tops it off as an essential piece of kit for any novelty artist whose brand name is synonymous to quality and unmatched reputation.

Author Bio:

Chris Wilson is the Sales Executive at Madison Art Shop. Madison Art Shop is online art supply company in USA and they are totally focused on giving the widest product selection of art at the most competitive prices.