Top 10 Memorable Fictional Artists from TV and Film

They may be fake but they still left quite an impression on the art world

Although Movies and TV will often glorify occupations such as cops, doctors and lawyers in suits, it's not too often that artists are portrayed and when they are, lets admit it, they're played as a bit off. 

However, many times its the artists that end up being our favorite character from a movie or memorable episode and today, we'd like to celebrate them with a top ten list of our favorite TV and Film Artists!


10. Jack Dawson- Titanic

Played by Leonardo DiCaprio

Although it's fair to say that Jack Dawson was more of a drifter than an artist, it'd be a lie to say that the kid didn't have any talent. In the movie, his sketch was responsible for the telling of a great romantic story aboard a large boat about another large boat. In real life, his sketch is responsible for a generation of young girls hanging leo posters on their walls and tons of guys signing up for art classes at their local community college. 

9. Norm Gunderson- Fargo

Played by John Carroll Lynch


The supportive husband of Francis McDormand's Marge Gunderson, Norm may have been disappointed that his mallard artwork was only selected for the 3 cent stamp instead of the 29 cent stamp, but in our opinion, that's still pretty successful. Keep trying Norm!

8. Lila Tournay- Dexter

Played by Jaime Murray


The artist we all loved to hate- she stole "art supplies" (an unforgivable sin in our opinion) and boyfriends, murdered her ex-boyfriend, and burnt down her own studio and killed one of the best characters in Season 2 (This last remark is subjective and some of us in the blog squad disagree on this), but Lila was definitely a memorable character and her artwork was extremely creative, and even if we feel a bit of rage at this one, she's made it to spot number 8.

7. Todd Cleary- Wedding Crashers

Played by Keir O'Donnell


Probably most memorable for his midnight rendezvous with Vince Vaughn's Character, we will always remember him fondly as the character whom when his father suggested he tried some competitive sports every once in a while, he replied "Will that make you love me dad?" We've all been there Todd, just keep painting. 

6. Homer and Marge Simpson- The Simpsons 

Played by Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner


This one is an interesting one as we couldn't add one without the other without feeling incredibly guilty (because we're big Simpsons fans here). In season 2 episode 18 "Brush with Greatness" Marge revives her high school interest in painting leads to Mr Burns commissioning her to paint his self portrait with more than memorable results. 

Homer on the other hand was an accidental artist in Season 10 episode 19 "Mom and Pop Art", when the failed construction of a barbecue turns Homer into the hottest new outsider artist. Homer didn't end up making much money off of his art but his piece did end up in the Louvre making his piece possibly the most successful...wait, should Homer Simpson be number 1 on our list?

5. Edward Scissorhands- Edward Scissorhands

Played by Johnny Depp


One of the more tragic characters for sure, but a great sculptor all the same. He might have been misunderstood and just couldn't fit in, but his hedge, hair and ice sculptures left a lasting impression on us and the small town he lived in. 

4. Nina- Seinfeld

Played by Catherine Keener


Although Jerry broke up with her, Nina deserves a place on her list because of the countless college students who have her painting on their dorm room walls.

3. Issac Mendez- Heroes

Played by Santiago Cabrera


We know that if we had the ability to see in the future, we'd probably be running to invest all of our money in certain start ups or prepare for when the dolphins will inevitably take over, but you have to give credit to Issac Mendez who just had to paint whatever he saw. Got to give it to a guy who sticks to their craft.

2. Maude Lebowski- The Big Lebowski

Played by Julianne Moore


This feminist, straightforward, and avant-garde artist's work has made some men uncomfortable but she when you see how she paints, you will know how she got to No. 2 on our list. She was also nice enough to buy The Dude a new rug. 

1.Adele Lack- Synecdoche, New York

Played by Catherine Keener (again)


If you haven't seen this indie film, go out and see it right now. Keener plays the wife of a man whose desire is to build one of the largest theater set pieces in existence while Keener herself plays a painter whose work is meant to be so microscopic that it can only be seen through a magnifying glass. Adele's work continually garners incredible reactions from people while her husband fails to grasp what he is "not seeing". The movie is quite deep and stirring and has been praised by reviewers. It is listed as #80 on the list of "The 100 Greatest Movies of All Time" by The Moving Arts Film Journal.

If you agree, disagree or feel that we've missed any great fictional artists from film or tv. Let us know. We love to hear what you think!


Artist Spotlight Reviews-Matisse Structure Acrylics by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

A Review of Matisse Structure Acrylics

by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson, artist and art instructor


Elizabeth Gyles Johnson of Wind and Honey Creations is a pencil artist who focuses her art on the delights of life.  Elizabeth teaches the intricacies of drawing at all skill levels to a collection of students worldwide through online workshops and classes at CreativePencils.com  Learn more about Elizabeth in our featured Artist Spotlight post, and enjoy her demonstration here with the Matisse Structured Artists Acrylic Paint

The Matisse Structured Artists Acrylic Colors are fun!  Plain and simple, that's the first thing that comes to my mind.  They are a heavy bodied paint formulated to naturally lay down on the canvas with some bulk.  I purposely chose a project that could be enhanced with some texture.  And I really enjoyed watching that texture appear with very little effort using the Matisse Structured Paint.   It felt like the paint was working with me rather than my needing to manipulate it. 

The tubes have wonderful flip tops making it so much easier on my hands to get to the paint.  And I believe those tops will also create a better seal over time, thereby allowing a longer shelf life for my paints.

The colors are vivid and scrumptious.  There is a wide range to choose from - 96 colors in all.  They mix nicely.  And the colors lay down clearly and beautifully on the canvas.  You will be tempted to try all the colors, as I am.

The Matisse Acrylics have a longer open working time than other acrylic paints I've worked with, allowing me to leave more colors out on my palette.  And also giving more freedom to play with my mixed colors as the painting developed.  The Matisse Structured Acrylics would be perfect for mixed media painting and for mixed media collage work.  The heavy body lends itself easily to the various techniques used in these popular art forms. 



Matisse Structured Acrylic Colors
          Raw Sienna
          Magenta Light
          Antique White
          Transparent Venetian Red
          Burnt Sienna
          Naples Yellow Light
          Transparent Yellow Oxide
          Unbleached Titanium
          Phthalo Blue
          Burnt Umber
          Titanium White
Colour Shaper Painting Tool
Jewel Bristle Brushes
Ampersand Artist Panel

Watch as Elizabeth demonstrates a painting using the Matisse Structure Acrylic Artists Colors


Elizabeth Gyles Johnson purchases all of her artist pencils from Jerry's Artarama because of their customer service and great packing of delicate artist pencils for shipping. Here are some other drawings Elizabeth has done with pencils purchased from Jerry's Artarama.


Other Reviews by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

Artist Spotlight Reviews- Tuff Stuff Eraser by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

Artist Spotlight Reviews- Reflexions Pocket Journal by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson


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