September 21, 2023

Musicians Who Take Up the Paint Brush

Would you have guessed that this work is by Marilyn Manson?Bowie.  Iggy.  Dylan.  Joni Mitchell.  Marilyn Manson.  They all love to paint.  So does Paul Simonen of the Clash and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones.  John Lennon loved to draw.  Thom Yorke loves to get visual.  

The Independent looks at why so many musical artists decide to pick up a paint brush.

What is it with modern musicians and painting? What spurious orthodoxy now decrees that no rock star of note reaches his/her 50th birthday without having an exhibition of scratchy-dauby artworks launched in a major gallery? Did Schubert or Liszt or Beethoven pause in their labours at the keyboard to knock off charming watercolours of the scene from their music-room window?

No. Today, you can’t throw a paintbrush across Cork Street without hitting another ageing rocker mounting canvases onto a whitewashed wall.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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3 thoughts on “Musicians Who Take Up the Paint Brush

  • Here at home, note that Murray McLauchlan – who, incidentally, has recently hung up his guitar — is a wonderful painter, and is now developing skills as a sculptor.

  • It's vital to many artists to express themselves in a few mediums. This is nothing new. Artists have been doing it for years. It's actually, modern SOCIETY, with its emphasis on specialization that rather prefers cogs as opposed to whole people with a few artistic (or otherwise) interests.


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