Let Me Teach You: An Art Teacher’s Verdict on the Art of Robbie Williams and Other Stars | Art

It’s pop art, but not as you know it. Robbie Williams is the latest in a long line of musicians to have taken up painting as another means of self-expression, but will it entertain you?

His foray into fine art will be featured at Sotheby’s auction house next month, adding to the growing gallery of pop star art. Over the years exhibitions have featured the work of musicians such as Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.

Their works have not always been well received. Already in 1999, the art critic Brian Sewell said that he was fed up with the “infuriating tendency of old exhausted pop stars to become artists”. Such critical contempt does not seem to have deterred musicians from turning to art. Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood said rarely a day goes by without painting.

Should they stick to the music? We asked Deborah Philpott, Level A Art Reviewer, who is also superprof art teacherto notate the works of six musicians including Williams.

The results were mixed, with some only getting an A-level pass. But the reviewer generously praised the individuality on display.

Philpott says, “All applicants were able to respond creatively and individually with strong connections to their own environment. They all showed a creative response to media and materials, which demonstrated meaningful and thoughtful results. »

She added: “All of the work was personal, with some being more contextually informed and driven by the work of other artists. Each piece reflected the contestants’ own interpretation of a topic close to their hearts.

Robbie Williams

Beverly, by Robbie Williams and Ed Godrich, is expected to sell for £15,000-20,000. Photography: Sotheby’s/PA

Level A grade B or 6

Collaborative piece, which has repetitive images, symbols and markings, reminiscent of works such as Aboriginal paintings and the work of American artist Jackson Pollock. The image reflects an interest in pop art and the more recent work of street artists such as Banksy. Interesting use of media and imagery that creates a hypnotic result responding to the environment and sounds created in the studio.

Paul McCartney

Bowie Spits by Paul McCartney
Bowie Spewing by Paul McCartney

Baccalaureate C or 4/5

Expressive and strong use of color and branding, with a personal, emotional and intuitive response to it. Experimental use of mediums with a limited palette and a playful range of branding.

kurt cobain

Painting by Kurt Cobain
Untitled painting by Kurt Cobain

Baccalaureate D or 3

Loose interpretation of scale and form that nevertheless captures a vivid imagination with a strong sense of color, line and tone. A certain consideration for the proportion and arrangement of the composition, producing an emotional response to a disturbing image.

Joni Mitchell

Still Life with Restlessness, by Joni Mitchell
Still Life with Restlessness, by Joni Mitchell

Level A grade B or 6

Vibrant and energetic use of color and mark making, interpreting the conventions of still life and portraiture, creating an exciting composition with a riot of form and texture. Vivid combination of figurative and abstract qualities with a nod to post-impressionism.

Chrissie Hyde

Self-Portrait, Chrissie Hynde.
Self-portrait, by Chrissie Hynde

Baccalaureate grade A or 7/8

Demonstrates a good understanding of the conventions of early 20th century art. Vivid use of color with bold use of abstract shapes and forms. Expressive use of brushstrokes with skillful use of proportion and composition.

Ronnie Wood

Stray Cat Blues by Ronnie Wood
Stray Cat Blues by Ronnie Wood

A grade B or 6 level

Great energy in using media and building brands. Good use of tone, understanding of proportion and sense of movement. Demonstrates drawing skills and an ability to capture mood and movement at the scene of an event.

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