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Changing canvas

Forget Picasso, Michelangelo and Dali and say hello to some unlikely celebrities with a hidden artistic streak

Published: 09th April 2013 11:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th April 2013 11:27 AM   |  A+A-

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They may have won Grammys and Oscars, or rocked the Billboard charts and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but for some artistes, it’s time to turn artist. We expose the stars whose talents go well beyond singing, acting or just being glamorous.

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He’s got two Grammy awards for his music and is currently topping charts with his new single, Away From the World, but musician Dave Matthews clearly wants more than just musical fame. The rocker has finally raised the curtains on his exhibition called Itica Pritica that showcases more than 20 silk-screened works by Matthews and fellow South African Beezy Bailey. Some of the images include paintings of the two as well as sights of New York, in addition to one character called “the fatman” – inspired by Bailey when he donned a fatman suit. The work is on display until April 13 at the Robert Miller Gallery in the Big Apple, and is Matthews’ first US show. Before this, the crooner also designed album covers for the Dave Matthews Band.  Compiled by Aakanksha Devi

Get Ziggy with it

Since the early 70s, David Bowie has got heads turning and eyeballs rolling with his music, look and general persona. But he’s also been getting jaw drops with his outré paintings, drawings, sculptures and even photography. Like his music, his paintings are vivid with imagery ranging from self portraits and lithographs to computer prints and abstracts. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is holding an exhibition called David Bowie Is, till August 11, with memorabilia like handwritten lyrics, original costumes, etc

Arty Rocky

Sylvester Stallone is well known for his action films and high-octane fight scenes. But it  may come as a surprise to most, that his art isn’t too far behind. Over the years, ‘Rambo’ has been splattering the canvas with paint, creating works of art as distinct as himself. Not quite everyone’s cup of tea, Stallone’s art ranges from action packed images to more bizarre, abstract ones, often using watercolours. He also does oils and acrylic on mixed  media as well as some self portraits. His work (`19,00,000 upwards) is also on sale, so  invest in a Sly original at artbrokerage.com.

The right note

He’s made his mark with hit songs like Summer of 69, 18 till I Die and Please Forgive Me, Bryan Adams impresses with his fine photography. From snapping the Queen on her golden jubilee to creating the cover art for Amy Winehouse’s posthumus release, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Adams is a well known photographer on the circuit with exhibitions over the years in spaces like Saatchi Gallery. Most of his photography is celebrity and fashion related for names like Calvin Klein, Vogue, Guess and Q Magazine.  Hot on the release of his first photography book, Exposed, the singer will be showcasing his work at the iconic The NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf, Germany starting sometime this May.


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