P301 Teletext 301 Dec11 23:17:13 ——————————————————————————————— — ELEBRITIES PAINT CONFUSING PICTURE Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, has a new exhibition set to open in London this week, with his signed etchings on sale for up to £4,500. Rock grandad Sir Paul McCartney, film star Tony Curtis, Andre 3000 of OutKast and crooner Tony Bennett have this in common: when they're not trying to make hearts throb, they all like to paint. But whether fans will be buying a work with artistic merit or just a very expensive autograph is a moot point... ——————————————————————————————————1/8—— by Adam Hill NORTON LOANS SEE p615 0800 929 100 Murray Letters Lifestyle Go digital!P301 Teletext 301 Dec11 23:17:17 ——————————————————————————————— — CELEBRITIES PAINT CONFUSING PICTURE Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is about to exhibit work, including his portraits of rock legends such as John Lennon. And show organiser Jonathan Poole says: "I consider Ronnie to be an extremely capable visual artist." Rachel Campbell-Johnston, art critic for The Times, agrees that celebs who try art can be technically competent. However, she adds: "They could also produce something which is expressively good - but a child could do that." ——————————————————————————————————2/8—— Caviar and canapes for Christmas 346 C4 Get RAZORLIGHT & other tickets Ticketmaster 0870 4000771 or p646 Murray Letters Lifestyle Go digital!P301 Teletext 301 Dec11 23:17:04 ——————————————————————————————— — CELEBRITIES PAINT CONFUSING PICTURE Ronnie Wood, whose new exhibition at The Gallery in Cork Street, London starts next week, has artistic talent, says at least one painting expert. Art writer David Lee explains: "He is better than your average amateur painter. He isn't pretentious about it, doesn't take himself too seriously. "If you bought one of his works, you can tell a story about it which adds a kind of bogus cachet. You have to recognise it for what it is." ——————————————————————————————————3/8—— Eric Knowles on comic collecting 343 C4 One.Tel Broadband & All UK Calls just £29.99 pm - see ITV1 p385 Murray Letters Lifestyle Go digital!P301 Teletext 301 Dec11 23:15:20 ——————————————————————————————— — ELEBRITIES PAINT CONFUSING PICTURE David Lee, editor of arts magazine The Jackdaw, is suspicious of the merit of film stars or rockers who dabble with paintbrush and easel on the side. Of Sir Paul McCartney's 2002 show at a prestigious Liverpool gallery, he says: "He knows there are many accomplished older artists who deserve to be getting an exhibition at the Walker and won't. "He's not a very good painter," Lee says. "But actors and pop stars get shows at conspicuous exhibition halls." ——————————————————————————————————4/8—— Win The Incredibles T-shirts 147 ITV1 ON THE BIG SCREEN p310 C4 Murray Letters Lifestyle Go digital!P301 Teletext 301 Dec11 23:16:14 ——————————————————————————————— — ELEBRITIES PAINT CONFUSING PICTURE When Sir Paul McCartney exhibited his own abstract art at Liverpool's Walker Gallery in 2002, reviews were scathing. The British Art Journal said the former Beatle should "stick to the day job" and art critic Brian Sewell said the work "should be treated with contempt". Sewell added: "There must be a dozen painters in Liverpool who would sell their souls to be given an exhibition in the Walker but do they get them? No, some faded pop star does." ——————————————————————————————————5/8—— Win Lemony Snicket CDs 147 ITV1/307 C4 ON THE BIG SCREEN p310 C4 Murray Letters Lifestyle Go digital!P301 Teletext 301 Dec11 23:16:21 ——————————————————————————————— — CELEBRITIES PAINT CONFUSING PICTURE Successful pop stars who turn to painting might have a commercial aim or might simply be driven by a need to achieve in other areas. "Critics were quite rude about Paul McCartney's paintings," says Open University academic Mark Fenton O'Creevy. "But I suspect people bought them because it was interesting that they were produced by Paul McCartney. "His brand at least persuaded people to have a good look at them." ——————————————————————————————————6/8—— Showbiz 140 ITV1/300 C4 Ace 380 C4 ON THE BIG SCREEN p310 C4 Murray Letters Lifestyle Go digital!P301 Teletext 301 Dec11 23:16:17 ——————————————————————————————— — CELEBRITIES PAINT CONFUSING PICTURE Critics are divided over who should be given the title of least talented celebrity artist of them all. David Bowie's art work is described by critic David Lee as "easily the most execrable of the lot". Robin Simon of the British Art Journal says that accolade goes to Brian Eno as he is "the most pretentious". Robin adds: "Ronnie Wood is gifted but I wish he had worked harder at it or sorted himself out earlier." ——————————————————————————————————7/8—— Win widescreen TV/DVD player 147 ITV1 ON THE BIG SCREEN p310 C4 Murray Letters Lifestyle Go digital!P301 Teletext 301 Dec11 23:17:44 ——————————————————————————————— — CELEBRITIES PAINT CONFUSING PICTURE Critics say celeb artists are not all bad. The British Art Journal's Robin Simon says Tony Curtis has "some skill" but is just "utterly devoid of taste". Ronnie Wood's publicist says his paintings "prove musicians can express themselves in more ways than one". But Times critic Rachel Campbell- Johnston says: "Fire in the belly feeds great art. If people have satisfied themselves and achieved in another sphere, it's unlikely to happen again." ——————————————————————————————————8/8—— Win Phantom of the Opera CDs 147 ITV1 ON THE BIG SCREEN p310 C4 Murray Letters Lifestyle Go digital!