With all the glitz and glamour of being a celebrity, you wouldn’t think some of these superstars acting as James Bond or Jack Sparrow would have even more talent in their beautiful sexy bodies. But we would be lying if we said we weren’t impressed. These guys, and ladies of course, sure know how to harness their talents and do so in full throttle.
James Franco. Fat Stallion. Archival Pigment on Cold Press Natural Paper.
If you have been living under a rock and not seen “This is the End”, then you wouldn’t know James Franco is a truly artistic soul. Cultivating his talent for a few decades now, he must have been quite the sought after stud in high school! His layered, multifaceted works have appeared in various exhibitions including Tate Modern in London and MoMA in New York. Wowser! His works encapsulate his experiences and views of the outside world, on the human condition, and on the lies and truths we are fed daily. Keep doing you, Franco.
Lucy Liu. Seventy Two series. Ink and Acrylic paintings.
This Charlie’s Angel is not just an award-winning actress and director. Her bad-ass talents go beyond the stages of Hollywood or Broadway. From monochrome silkscreens to 3D mixed media works, she dabbles in all different types of mediums that engage the audience in their powerfully charged messages. Not just a superhero vixen, her works are worth exploring because what you see is not necessarily what you get. You’ve got to dig deeper to see the hidden messages of what the materials and the subject matters represent. She even goes as far as dumpster-diving for found objects. Happy exploration cadet, it’s worth every glance.
Pierce Brosnan. The Night Marcher. Mixed Media.
“My name is Bond. James Bond.” Yes indeed, you international man of mystery. This Irish heartthrob is an actor, film producer, activist and artist! That’s right people. Starting off as a trainee in a small studio in London, he was actually a painter before going into acting. With a short hiatus (to focus on his films) he delved back into his paintbrush talent as he found it quite therapeutic. He developed his artistic skills and produces landscapes, abstracts as well as colorful portraits. And what’s even more attractive? He sells his works to raise funds for charities. So not only does he fight bad guys, but also gives to those in need. The perfect man, I’d say!
Joni Mitchell. Portrait of Bob Dylan Seated, ca. 1969. Felt Pen on Paper.
A musical trailblazer, Joni Mitchell’s career also encompasses that of the visual arts. She considers herself “a painter derailed by circumstance”. Many of her album covers are her own works and has painted the likes of Bob Dylan and Graham Nash. Dropping out of Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Canada, Joni Mitchell pursued her music career to eventually settle in Los Angeles, California. Most of her works have not been shown to the public, but you can be sure she has a collection so vast it would be like seeing Alibaba’s cave of wonders!
Sir Anthony Hopkins. Aloha Nui Loa. Serigraph on Somerset Paper.
I don’t know about you, but every time I hear the name Anthony Hopkins, I can’t help but hear those famous words “Hello Clarice” with that sinister smile and the overpowering look in his eyes. That’s child’s play compared to his powerfully charged artistic creations. Unlike his character in Silence of the Lambs, Sir Anthony Hopkins does not analyze his works. He simply picks up a brush, he discovers, and just goes for it without any constraints – it is full of freedom, without fear, without expectation, and without having to prove anything. It’s all down to instincts. Follow that gut feeling Sir Hopkins!
There are so many more hidden talents out there, it’s all a matter of taking the time to make those discoveries. And no matter how fame shapes the way we see a celebrity, just know that there may be things they can do you may not know or that will surprise you!
Embrace the unexpected.