Actors make their mark in the fine arts world
The Tribeca Film Festival may celebrate the artistry of film, but there are some actors who have found success in the fine-arts world. We look at a few.
The beloved character actor with more than 100 credits to his name actually got into acting to support his artistic career. He studied at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design and has been painting continually since the early 1970s. Mull regularly shows at galleries around the country, and his work is in the permanent collect-
ions of the Met and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.
Before she dropped out in 1969 to pursue an acting career, Jessica Lange studied fine art at the University of Minnesota. It wasn’t until about 20 years ago that she returned to visual art. She started out photographing her kids, and moved on to shooting scenes around the world. Her first book, “50 Photographs” was published by PowerHouse Books in 2008.
After “Star Trek,” Leonard Nimoy put down his Spock ears and picked up a camera, returning to his childhood hobby of photography. He studied at UCLA under the renowned Robert Heineken in the 1970s, and now has a well-respected body of work that can be found in the collections of the Jewish Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum at UCLA.
Dennis Hopper was a true modern-day renaissance man, finding success in film, poetry and visual art. He worked in photography, painting and sculpture, and was well- known as a smart collector, owning the work of his talented friends including Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol. Most recently, Hopper was the subject of a large-scale survey at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art curated by Julian Schnabel.