Celebrities Who Are Also Artists

When they're not acting, singing, or being a head of state, these stars channel their creativity into visual art

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Brad Pitt

This handout photo taken on September 17, 2022 and received on September 19, 2022 shows British artist Thomas Houseago (C) posing with US actor Brad Pitt (R) and Australian musician Nick Cave prior to the opening of the exhibition 'Thomas Houseago - WE with Nick Cave and Brad Bitt' at The Sara Hilden Art Museum in Tampere, Finland.
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In September 2022, the actor has made his debut as a sculptor with a museum and gallery exhibition in Tampere, Finland, the AP reports.

Pitt displayed his work alongside Australian musician Nick Cave for an exhibition at the The Sara Hilden Art Museum that was initially scheduled solely for Pitt's friend, British artist Thomas Houseago, who reportedly convinced the museum to include Pitt and Cave's works, per the AP.

Speaking to the Finnish publication Yle at the exhibition's opening, Pitt said of his sculpture work: "For me it's about self reflection... It was born out of ownership over what I call a 'radical inventory of the self.' And getting really brutally honest with me and taking account of those I may have hurt and the moments I've just gotten wrong."

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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While promoting her movie Surface on the Today show in July, the actress said that she would have loved to pursue painting, but "it made me quite introspective, and I loved acting because it brought me out of myself more."

However, during the pandemic when she wasn't able to act as frequently, Mbatha-Raw got back into painting, creating portraits of George Floyd [pictured], Desmond Tutu and Kevin Hart — among many others. "When you're a creative person, if one outlet is sort of stopped, you spring a leak somewhere else," she joked.

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One bonus of painting in a bejeweled thong bikini (as the singer did while teasing her upcoming single "Fair"): Very little to clean up afterwards.

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Gene Simmons

Kiss singer/bassist Gene Simmons poses in front of some of his works at the debut of Gene Simmons ArtWorks at Animazing Gallery at The Venetian Las Vegas on October 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Simmons — who took up painting during the pandemic as a way to keep his mind occupied — now has his work featured in a Las Vegas art gallery inside the Venetian.

The KISS bassist/singer told PEOPLE of his artwork, "I never considered myself a painter. I never considered myself much of anything. You're talking to the least qualified person you'd ever meet."

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Heidi Klum

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No ifs, ands or butts about it: Heidi is inspired by the beautiful scenery around her (and that includes husband Tom Kaulitz, whose portrait we assume she's painting here).

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Seth Rogen

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The actor got so good at pottery in quarantine, he designed his own ashtray set for his cannabis company, Houseplant (demand was so high, it crashed the site).

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Britney Spears

The pop star called painting "therapeutic," but for her, it's also a successful side hobby: Robin Leach picked up one of her paintings at auction for $10,000.

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Brandon Boyd

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The Incubus singer is stepping onto a different stage: showing his work alongside 115 independent and emerging artists at The Other Art Fair.

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King Charles III

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He's not just a king: Prince Charles is also one of the U.K.'s best-selling living artists! In 2016, it was reported that he had earned nearly $3 million from prints of his watercolor landscapes, all of which went to his Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.

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Gigi Hadid

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Another supermodel with an artistic eye: Gigi, who created this tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld for an exhibition about the designer.

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Jemima Kirke

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The Girls star, who attended the Rhode Island School of Design before breaking out as an actress, still paints professionally — including this 2017 portrait of her costar Allison Williams in her wedding gown.

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Miley Cyrus

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The singer went through a phase where she was creating memorable 3D sculptures — and showing them at New York Fashion Week and Art Basel. "I'd love to come to New York again and be able to show my art in an actual gallery," she told W. "That's something I'd never done before, so I'd love to do it again."

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The singer dabbles in vivid, imaginative art on their "off days."

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Pierce Brosnan

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The star got his start as a graphic designer before turning to acting, but never gave up on his first love: "I always set up a studio when I go on location," he told PEOPLE ahead of selling some of his prints for charity.

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Lucy Liu

The actress has been painting for a long time, and in 2020 got to mount her first show at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville, California.

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Christie Brinkley

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Beauty and the beach: The supermodel incorporates shells into her sketches (this one's of daughter Sailor) and other crafting, as she demonstrated on a tour of her home.

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Chris Brown

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The singer and dancer also channels his creative energy into large-scale graffiti art — including (to his neighbors' chagrin) on the walls of his L.A. home.

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Sylvester Stallone

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"I think I'm a much better painter than an actor," the star is quoted on his artist's website as saying. Much of his work takes on a boxing theme — fitting for the star of Rocky.

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Jim Carrey

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The actor uses his bright, impactful art to make political statements or occasionally send a sweet message (as he did with this valentine).

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Candice Bergen

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You have to be in her close circle to score one of the Murphy Brown star's uncanny pet portraits on your handbag, but she does now have an online store where you can get your hands on her designs on tees and totes.

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George W. Bush

The former president has painted world leaders and First Dogs. His book, Portraits of Courage, featured his renderings of men and women injured while serving in wars he oversaw.

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John Mellencamp

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The musician is also a serious artist, who initially intended to go to art school in N.Y.C. in the 1970s before landing a record deal.

Architectural Digest profiled his artist's loft in 2019, where he showcased his large and emotional works.

"I was very heavily influenced by German expressionism," he said in the interview, noting that his then-fiancée Meg Ryan (who announced their engagement with a drawing of Mellencamp's) teased him for the moodiness. "Meg likes to tell me, 'John, your heritage has to be from a small town in Germany called Anger, Germany.'"

(Former girlfriend Christie Brinkley also showcased his art in her home when they were dating!)

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Tony Bennett

The legendary crooner (who recently revealed his Alzheimer's diagnosis) also was a prolific painter for much of his life, under his birth name Anthony Benedetto. Though he tried many styles and subjects, he tended to favor the Central Park landscapes out his window.

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Jane Seymour

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The actress and jewelry designer used her time in quarantine to send her bright, bold pieces as cards to seniors in lockdown.

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Johnny Depp

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In July 2022, Depp staged his first formal art show, releasing 780 prints of his "Friends & Heroes" portraits (featuring Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Taylor, Al Pacino and Keith Richards) to be sold individually for $3,973 or as a full set for $15,040.

It became the Castle Gallery's "fasting-selling collection to date," according to a statement, and earned more than $3.6 million.

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