I was just thinking in the bathtub (which is where I solve the problems of the world) about music and painting. I was listening to random songs on the iPod and the songs were so ridiculously varied, from System of a Down to Beethoven and everything in between. Much like paintings, I love a really wide variety of works, from Bruegel to Hirst. But in both music and painting my absolute favorite works are those where the maker seems to be about to lose control. They’re emotionally intense, filled with extremes, and they’re begging you to react to them. They could be screaming with rage, quietly crying or on a spiritual high.. none of them are relaxed and comfortable though. I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but here’s some famous singers who also paint
In no particular order. Do let me know if I have missed someone too and I might add them.
Marilyn Manson – Springtime for Hitler. See more art on his website here.
Tony Bennet – Dizzy Gillepsie. The singer calls his painter self Anthony Benedetto. See more of Mr Benedetto’s work at his website here.
Joni Mitchell – Both Sides 1 (self portrait). See more of here art on her website here.
David Bowie – Self Portrait. See more of his art at his website here (the images were very tiny which was frustrating!).
Paul Stanley (KISS) – Crossroads. So many musicians seem to paint musicians, funny that. See his website here.
Bob Dylan – Backyard. Mr Zimmerman seems to take his visual arts quite seriously. Here’s his art website here.
That’s 8 famous singers and musicians who also paint and draw. Who haven’t I included? Oh and the work at the top of this post is a detail of a drawing by Australian artist Brett Whiteley.