Celebrity Painters

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There are many actors out there that possess more than just acting skill; many are gifted painters, singers and dancers. Some celebrity painters include Josh Hartnett, David Arquette, and Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.

Josh Hartnett, the next Van Gogh

When budding football star, Josh Hartnett, injured a knee ligament in high school, he turned his attention to acting and painting. Although a talented and successful actor, Hartnett says that painting was always his first passion. He even took some time off and traveled to Africa to brush-up on his oil painting techniques.



Viggo Mortenson, Renaissance Man

Best-known for his masterful portrayal of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Viggo Mortenson is another celebrity painter, as well as a photographer and poet. His art has been exhibited in the galleries of New York, Los Angeles and even Greece. His most recent showing at a Los Angeles gallery drew 1,500 eager visitors. Many of Mortenson's murals were portrayed in the 1998 film 'A Perfect Murder' starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas. His style consists of a mish-mash of media; photographs, poems and miscellaneous objects are layered with paint and then obscured with an additional layer of color. Some of his paintings contain seemingly mundane items, such as sponges, tape, wire, rugs and nails.

André 3000: From music to Monet

Andre 3000 of the famous duo, Outkast, took the musical world by storm with catchy, upbeat songs such as 'Hey Ya!' and appealing melodies such as 'Ms. Jackson'. Known for his funky attitude and outrageous sense of style, André paints with bold colors in a surrealist style, which makes him one of the most unusual celebrity painters to seek out.

Paul McCartney: Beatle, Knight, Painter

Another gem in the endless sea of celebrity painters is former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney. It seems McCartney is inspired by the sensuality of art, reveling in the application of the paint, the colors and textures. McCartney was inclined to pick up a paintbrush when he turned 40-years-old. Many of his works are landscapes and portraits. His painting titled 'The Kiss' was inspired by his first wife Linda, and shows two cartoon-like characters kissing - the man, who looks like Paul, is wide-eyed, seemingly caught off guard by this surprising kiss..


David Arquette Sprays it

Not only is David Arquette tremendously thrilling in the Scream series and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, but he is also pretty handy with a can of spray paint. Aside from his many acting obligations, he is indeed quite a talented graffiti artist, having painted an ocean scene on the outside of his and wife Courtney's bedroom so they can feel like everyday is a day at the beach. David is widely known in the realm of celebrity painters.

Jane Seymour, Doctor to Dilettante

Former Doctor Quinn also falls in the category of celebrity painters. Seymour's preferred medium is watercolor and oil. She first picked up painting over a decade ago, following a period of personal struggle. Turning to art enabled her healing process. Her paintings are vibrant, colorful and delicate, showcasing precision and appreciation for the art form.




Pierce Brosnan, Bond's Brushstrokes

Pierce Brosnan, who played the sexy spy James Bond in several Bond productions, was initially trained as a commercial artist. He has recently started selling his artwork in order to raise money for charity. Brosnan's specialty lies in landscapes, but he has also produced many portraits of his family. His muse is usually his wife, Keely Shaye. Both his works titled Fiji and Bisou Moi (Kiss Me) were produced as gifts for her on Valentine's Day and Christmas.

About the Author
Art Historian, Donovan Gauvreau lectures about art therapy with a focus on creativity development. He believes we can learn from the great masters in art to communicate ideas and feelings through painting. He provides content for this website to educate and inspire people to take a glimpse into an artist's life to better understand the meaning behind their work.

By Donovan Gauvreau


SPARKcon 2010

This past Friday, I went to Fayetteville St in downtown Raleigh to see the beginning of SPARKcon.  Walking down the street, I saw the artists beginning their chalk drawings for the street painting.  It was great talking to the young artists who were out there and excited about art. 

After the street artists, I got to see the Artist Pods.  artSPARK rented P.O.D.s that were used for artist installations by Julia Gartrell, Ann Marie Kennedy, Stacey L. Kirby, Kelly Murray, and Matthew Zigler.  i got the chance to speak with Stacey about her installation.  It was great to be a part of her work and to see what "belongings" people carried with them. 

Just to explain...participants filled out a form (similar to a customs declaration form) where they listed everything they had on them.  However, in Stacey's installation, a "belonging" ranged from your chapstik to a feeling.  When I finished filling out my declaration form, I was instructed to file it alphabetically and was then given permission to sift through and see what others had brought with them.




Art of the Carolinas Update - September 21

Christina and I have been very busy planning for the big event in November! Thank you to all of you that are taking advantage of our wonderful workshop offerings at the show. We have heard all of the excitement in the air from each of you and that just adds to the fun we have in store for you! So get ready for a wonderful time. If you have not signed up for your favorite classes, you might want to do so now.  At this point in time, most workshops have space available, but if history serves us correctly, they will start to sell out by the first of October, so do not procrastinate any more!

Rooms at the hotel are going fairly quickly, so if you haven’t made your reservations yet, you may want to give them a call now while rooms are still available at our discounted rate. Call the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown at 919-872-2323 and let them know you are with Art of the Carolinas. You will receive our discounted rate of $104 per night.

One of the gifts the students will be receiving is a 10th annual tee. I wanted to do something different than we have in the past, so I decided to hand dye these shirts at my house. Uh, what was I thinking? Actually they are turning out really awesome, but it is taking forever and a day to get them all dyed, dried, folded, rolled and tied. So far I have almost 500 completed. That’s two thirds! T-shirts are taking over my house. But actually, it’s very good therapy, and if you know me, you know I need my therapy!

Well, enjoy the colors so far in the photos below! Now it’s time to get back to work…


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