Celebrity Artists | Unexpectedly Good Artwork from Celebrities
Detail from painting by Tony Curtis
Celebrities can often surprise us by being particularly multi-talented. Many celebrities indulge in arts other than those for which they became famous, and of course at Ultra Vie, we’re very interested to see which celebrities have some skill when it comes to visual art. We’ve chosen some of our favourite celebrities who have shown an aptitude for painting, mixed media art, and photography.
Bob Dylan, though famed for his talent as a songwriter and musician, has published three books of drawings and paintings since 1994, as well as having exhibited in major art galleries. As a songwriter and musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and received numerous awards over the years including Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards. Dylan’s work is currently showing at the National Portrait Gallery until January 5th 2014.
James Franco’s artistic endeavours may not come as a surprise to anyone, since he is becoming increasingly well known for his various hobbies. Franco is already an actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher and author, as well as having had his art exhibited publicly. Franco volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity and has taught a class at New York University in feature film making and production. Franco recently had an exhibition at Pace Gallery, called ‘Psycho Nacirema’, which ran from June 6th to July 27th.
Brad Pitt, famous for films like Fight Club, Ocean’s Eleven, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is currently in a relationship with Angelina Jolie that has attracted wide publicity over the years. These Photos of Angelina Jolie were produced as part of an assignment for W magazine. Pitt requested rolls of Kodak Tech Pan – a film that had been discontinued back in 2004, a film popular for its high contrast results
Donna Summer, five-time Grammy Award winner was posthumously described as the “undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom” and “one of the world’s leading female singers. Summer took time out of show business in 1995 to focus on painting, which was a hobby that she began in the 1980′s.
Jane Seymour is a multi-talented actress, having performed on the Broadway stage, television, and in films. The films for which she is best known are the James Bond movie ‘Live and Let Die’ and the cult classic, ‘Somewhere in Time’. Seymour’s career in fine art has included having her own gallery in Los Angeles, as well as having exhibited in several galleries and venues across North America.
One of the most successful actors of his era, Tony Curtis personified the handsome, dashing movie star of the golden age of Hollywood. Curtis’s body of work consists of more than 140 films, including Spartacus and Houdini. In 2005, an original acrylic painting of Tony’s, “Red Table”, was acquired by the Study Program for the Film and Media Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of their permanent collection. Tony is also the founder of the Shiloh Horse Rescue, which provides a sanctuary for abused and unwanted horses.
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September 17, 2013 at 04:46PM
From SAOTA: the Voelklip House
South African firm SAOTA has come up with a sweet little beach house suitable for a family of four that packs a lot of glamour into a compact site.
Centered around the pool, the living area is L-shaped.
The staircase leads up to a mezzanine level family room that can be seen from the kitchen, yet is out of sight of the grownups more formal seating below.
Interestingly, the staircase is just a stepped wooden zigzag insert in glass.
Informal seating at the glossy kitchen counter is complemented by a sunken dining room for more formal meals.
A sophisticated detail: white cement screed floors throughout the public circulation areas inside and out, and the glow of turquoise and pistachio revealed by concealed lighting.
Replicating the white cement block, an island interrupts the flow of naturally weathered wooden decking surrounding the pool.
The beach house is set in an infill lot in Voelklip, Hermanus, Western Cape, RSA, between the mountains and the coastline.
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From SAOTA: the Voelklip House
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September 18, 2013 at 11:22PM
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Powerful Indoor-Outdoor Interplay: The 1532 House in San Francisco
The 1532 House in San Francisco, California was especially developed by Fougeron Architecture to serve as a painting studio and modern living space for the owners. Unlike other houses in the neighborhood, this project showcases a semi-transparent facade, inviting passersby to take a peek into the artistic studio, through the open slats. The interiors are minimalist and spacious, each room featuring floor to ceiling windows that partially replace the use of common walls. The bedroom bay window on the third level even captures views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
According to the architects, the overall design “incorporates two sectional moves. A horizontal one introduces a courtyard between the front and rear structures; a vertical one brings the ground floor, which includes the garage and bedrooms, down to street level. These two design elements create a powerful interplay between inside and out and between different levels of the house and studio”. The project has no less than seven outdoor spaces, as well as decks, walkways, and gardens which unfold around the living areas.
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Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in London
Oysters and Langoustine, Courtesy of J Sheekey
A fan of fish? Happily London has plenty of top-notch seafood restaurants to sate your appetite. We’ve compiled a list of our five favourite places to devour seafood in the city.
Bentley’s Oyster Bar
Richard Corrigan’s restaurant has an upscale vibe – from the oak flooring, art deco windows and wooden panelling to the glossy, well heeled clientele who flock to this Swallow Street venue, for specials such as sea bass and caponata and wild sea trout with samphire and verjus. But save room for Corrigans’ soda bread. Made with black treacle and buttermilk, chances are you’ll hate yourself as you hoover up the basket…
Address: 11-15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG
This long running West End haunt – owned since the turn of the 20th century by the Caprice group – is one of London’s most iconic eateries and has earned a reputation as the capital’s best fish restaurant. Keira Knightley, Kate Moss, Kelly Brook and Ewan McGregor certainly seem to think so. They are just a few of the celebrities who have been spotted slipping through the unassuming door for Sheekey’s famous fish pie.
You’ll also find an array of oysters – West Mersea pearls, Lindisfarne rocks and fines de claire all feature - on the menu, alongside classic seafood options and a wide selection of wine. Walls are adorned with black and white portraits of film stars but you don’t need the budget of an A lister to eat here: main dishes cost between £14.25 and £23.75.
Address: 28-32 St Martin’s Court, WC2 4AL
Randall & Aubin
Situated in the heart of Soho, Randall & Aubin is famed for serving excellent seafood fare, alongside a selection of classic French and British dishes. The restaurant’s menus are created and overseen by Head Chef Ed Baines, who is passionate about serving good, simple, delicious food. Still for all the excellence of the food, it’s the little touches (a funky, eclectic soundtrack and staff who treat you like royalty) that help elevate Randall & Aubin from the pack.
Address: 16 Brewer Street, W1
Regardless of which day you visit, you’re guaranteed to find a crowd – and quite possibly rock stars and film directors – here, so dress the part. Enjoying a meal in this elegant (tables are set around a dramatic marble oyster and champagne bar) eatery isn’t cheap – this is Mayfair – but dishes like smoked halibut accompanied by asparagus band fried oysters and roasted cod are delicious and justify their price tags.
Address: 20 Mount Street,W1K 2HE
Wright Brothers Soho
Wright Brothers Soho boats an extensive list of oysters covering seasonal varieties – Carlingford, Colchester, Brownsea Island and Maldon are all present and correct.
But it’s not all about oysters at this nautical themed space: there are plenty of fish dishes – from roast pollock to salmon and smoked haddock fish pie, plus a few meat options and a token vegetarian – hello risotto – offering. Don’t miss out on dessert: the caramel cream and biscotti gets our vote.
Address: 13 Kingly Street, G7/G8 Kingly Court, W1B
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Flip Flop House by Dan Brunn
Dan Brunn has designed the Flip Flop House, a beach front home in Venice, California.
The Flip Flop residence plays with a sense of duality on multiple design levels. Acting as an architectural chameleon, the dynamic house is malleable to the clients’ ongoing needs, allowing them to display their art collection while simultaneously embracing the sweeping vistas of Venice beach.
The house’s conceptualization began by mapping the neighboring houses and carefully delving into the client’s daily routines. A distinguished couple in the city’s art and entertainment scene, the clients live and work together and share a common passion for photography. They also own an impressive collection of digital art pieces that they longed to showcase while still retaining the lot’s expansive ocean views. Many houses in Venice are designed to maximize beachfront accessibility and have little interaction with the neighborhood’s active pedestrian networks.
In designing the Flip Flop house, there was a need to employ the couple’s art pieces as a medium to communicate with the surrounding community. Thus, certain design elements that are usually limited solely to their mechanical functions are reincarnated into display devices. The adjustable nature of the third story’s rotating walls allows the façade to mutate, either revealing or concealing artwork. As well as affording dramatic beach views, these walls delineate a flowing symmetry; they easily swing open to divulge a perfectly aligned view with surrounding palm trees.
Description continued after the gallery
Comprised of a coolly minimalist sophistication, the façade of this private residence is subtly deceptive in its simplification and dominates the site with protruding and retracting floors and ceilings. The obscuring of the interior columns of the house with an extensive system of diaphanous glazing enhances the optical illusion via a visual push and pull, which keeps the viewer guessing as to how the walls and slabs are supported. The massive overhangs not only facilitate ample outdoor balconies, but also appear as one continuous surface folded in on itself.
Integral to the design principle is the choreography of circulation; dynamic relationships abound within the spatial and structural arrangement, the lighting conditions and even the material finishes. As one traverses through the space, a pattern of walking arises that is charged with multiple vantage points and visual impact. This vibrantly navigated rhythm is punctuated by the central glass staircase, where one continually turns at right angles between the bifurcating interior spaces and the immense expanse of unfurling vistas.
A duet of wrapping and folding is systemic in all aspects of the design approach. All finish applications are fluid as stainless polished steel impeccably encircles columns, back-painted glass spills over kitchen counters and cabinetry and translucent glazing hangs smoothly around the staircase. This magical manipulation of material reaches a perfect pitch with the terrazzo peeling free from the floor to fold over and glide elegantly along each tread of stair, appearing to be a liquefied sheet of stone.
As materials snake and slip over the structure and furnishings, the binary nature of dark matte grays that pop in the glossy white surroundings plays a powerful trick of the eye with a reversal of positive and negative space. The interior equilibrium between floating masses and solid transparencies enables sunlight to glide into rooms with a meaningful geometric manner. The overall layout in conjunction with the diversity of materiality enables the designer to mold and form all elements of the space, even incoming natural light.
Dynamic diagonal edges keep the visual pendulum swinging as the kitchen’s customized cabinetry emits sweeping lines that carry the eye back to the ocean panorama and the master bath trimly opens onto a private garden patio open to the sky above.
The play of hard and soft, matte and reflective, shadow and light permeates every space within this three-story house. Expansive rooms flow seamlessly into endless ocean views as the flip-flop house unfurls itself as a single refined ribbon of space and light.
Design: Dan Brunn
Photography: Brandon Shigeta