Can you figure out which artwork belongs to which celebrity artist?

Who’s been framed? Pierce Brosnan is not the only famous face to give painting a go… So can you figure out which artwork belongs to which celebrity artist?

Bond wielding a paintbrush! What would Moneypenny say?

Former 007 Pierce Brosnan, 68, revealed this week that he plans to exhibit the paintings he has been working on in lockdown.

The star made a stir in the art world in 2018, selling a portrait of Bob Dylan for a fortune at a charity auction. He told an interviewer: ‘I’d done a painting of Bob Dylan, who is a great hero of mine. It sold for £1.1 million and [my wife] Keely and I just danced into the night.

‘If it could be like that all the time, I definitely would give up the acting game.’

He’s far from the only famous face to fancy himself as a Renaissance man who is hot stuff with a brush.

But can you deduce which artwork belongs to which celebrity artist? ALISON BOSHOFF reports…

1. Pundit who’s a dab hand at a political sketch

A titan of the political interview — and one of the best-paid faces at the Beeb, this artist paints large, colourful works which sell for £4,800 each. One collection is titled ‘Brexit’.

Always interested in art, he started out making ‘representational sketch paintings’.

After suffering a stroke, he decided to pursue more abstract art. He said: ‘All my life I have been more interested in ‘abstract’ or less-literal art. I just thought that to make these kind of pictures you need to have gone to art college, which I never did.

‘But after the stroke, partly because I then had to work inside under controlled conditions, and partly because it reminded me how short time is, I threw caution to the chilly winds.’

A titan of the political interview — and one of the best-paid faces at the Beeb, this artist paints large, colourful works which sell for £4,800 each

2. The (art) world is not enough…

Fauvist colours and surreal flourishes leave this artist shaken and stirred. He also paints a lot of scenes of beaches and figures, which make a nod to Paul Gauguin, from his gigantic home in Hawaii.

Inspired to start painting after his late wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, he’s not everyone’s cup of tea. 

But — Mamma Mia! — surely his painting is better than his singing?

Fauvist colours and surreal flourishes leave this artist shaken and stirred. He also paints a lot of scenes of beaches and figures, which make a nod to Paul Gauguin, from his gigantic home in Hawaii

3. The answer my friend is glowing in the wind  

Put aside your tambourine, man, and enjoy the view. This artist is an icon of the musical counterculture, but he has been painting and drawing for so many years that a gallery mounted a retrospective of his work this year. 

Limited-edition prints of his colourful American streetscapes, often observed during his many tours, cost from £2,500 to £4,500.

He has his critics — the art world is sniffy about his figurative work — but many enjoy his creations. 

A fan wrote: ‘His drawings are intricate, sincere, charged with curiosity. He is turning into a hero for anyone who thinks that drawing is a noble thing to do.’

Limited-edition prints of his colourful American streetscapes, often observed during his many tours, cost from £2,500 to £4,500

4. And one for the col-Lecters

Immense colourful faces and the hills of Malibu are among the subjects for this great theatrical knight and on-screen cannibal. He sells limited-edition prints through a gallery in LA.

Describing himself as a ‘free-for-all bandit’, he has no formal art training.

‘I love bright, bright colours. That’s the part I like. It takes me a long time to paint, but it’s not pain-staking. I improvise and then I stop. I just paint for the sheer enjoyment of it.’

Earlier this year, he missed out on picking up a Bafta, virtually, because he was so engrossed in painting in his hotel room.

Immense colourful faces and the hills of Malibu are among the subjects for this great theatrical knight and on-screen cannibal. He sells limited-edition prints through a gallery in LA

5. Paint it anything but black

Abstract works, pictures of horses and paintings of famous friends, some just small faces, are among the subjects for this musician.

He was turned on to a love of art in school, and has rolled along with painting throughout his guitar career. There have been numerous shows and he has even released documentaries and books about his paintings. Prints are available from £500.

He has said: ‘Both art and music hold their position in my life. They bounce off one another and make me the person I am.’

After a spell in rehab in 2008, his pal Damien Hirst kitted out a studio for him to work in.

Abstract works, pictures of horses and paintings of famous friends, some just small faces, are among the subjects for this musician

6. Ooh-arr me he-arties!

Famous for his collection of art — some of which he sold at auction recently after running into serious financial difficulty — this actor is most famous as a pirate, but appears to be equally at home with a brush in his hand.

He doesn’t sell his works, but has posted pictures of himself toiling over paintings at his super-private house in France. 

Presumably, amber is a colour which he now avoids.

Famous for his collection of art — some of which he sold at auction recently after running into serious financial difficulty — this actor is most famous as a pirate, but appears to be equally at home with a brush in his hand

7. Yin with the in crowd 

A knight who lives in Florida and a hugely successful artist — he says that he aims to reveal himself through his work ‘like a flasher’. 

Original ink drawings and limited edition prints go for between £2,000 and £6,000, and he says: ‘Art is my life now.’

He started after buying some felt tips and a sketch book while on tour over a decade ago to pass the time. His wife compares his paper cut-outs to Matisse, but you might find they have more yin than yang.

A knight who lives in Florida and a hugely successful artist — he says that he aims to reveal himself through his work ‘like a flasher’.

8. He loves blue? Yeah, yeah, yeah 

A rather private superstar, this singer/songwriter has been quietly painting for nearly 20 years, very much in the shadow of a musical career which has made the whole world twist and shout.

He sells a very small selection of lithographic prints, for around £10,000 each. 

He paints landscapes, beaches and faces — turning his back on a previously voiced ambition to be a paperback writer.

A rather private superstar, this singer/songwriter has been quietly painting for nearly 20 years, very much in the shadow of a musical career which has made the whole world twist and shout

9. Landscapes with a truly regal heir  

One of the most successful living artists, this watercolour painter is said to have earned £2 million from his gently accomplished landscapes, but donates the proceeds to charity.

Prints are available for around £500, mostly at auction.

The paintings are often of damp views in and around Scotland, where he has a castle or two to call his own. His interest in painting was sparked at school and his first exhibition was at Windsor Castle in 1977.

One of the most successful living artists, this watercolour painter is said to have earned £2 million from his gently accomplished landscapes, but donates the proceeds to charity

10. A bit more Rambo than Miro 

Another enthusiast here, and this one says that art was his first real love and his true calling.

‘I think I’m a much better painter than actor. It’s much more personal and I’m allowed to do just what I want to do.’ The art he has produced has been called ‘highly individual’, and often includes a ‘symbolic’ clock, some words and bold colours — although little sign of boxing gloves.

Is that splash a bit of First Blood?

Another enthusiast here, and this one says that art was his first real love and his true calling

The famous faces enjoying a brush with art


Ronnie Wood (left) and Pierce Brosnan (right)


Sir Billy Connolly (left) and Sir Anthony Hopkins (right)


Bob Dylan (left) and Sir Paul McCartney (right)


Andrew Marr (left) and Johnny Depp (right)


Sylvester Stallone (left) and Prince Charles (right)

Answers 

1) Andrew Marr

2) Pierce Brosnan

3) Bob Dylan

4) Sir Anthony Hopkins

5) Ronnie Wood

 

 6) Johnny Depp

7) Sir Billy Connolly

8) Sir Paul McCartney

9) Prince Charles

10) Sylvester Stallone

 

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