We all somehow address Artists either creative or weird. It’s acceptable that all the artists’ mixture of both. Maybe it’s the cost they pay for being so amazingly talented, although that doesn’t justify all those art students who sneeze on a canvas and call it the height of art because they don’t actually know how to paint. Either way, it takes a huge effort for an artist to stand out as weird in a field that’s already viewed as offbeat. Here are 5 artists that accomplished that suspicious feat.
1. H. R. Giger
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Giger is a Swiss surrealist artist, originally a painter but also a sculptor and designer. He’s most famous for his art on the film Alien, where he terrified the hell out of a whole generation with a creepy, iconic and incredibly monster that ran around a spaceship killing people with strong sexual meanings. But Giger has done so much more than design an alien that looks like a dick: he’s used his weirdness in his paintings, guitars, sculptures, and furniture.
Giger’s great work in film has made his figures famous in pop culture, although the man himself usually doesn’t get much credit for it. He’s also been famous for science fiction, where his thoughts of man merging with machines have become a big theme. But no matter how many interesting images of dreary gray pseudo-human monstrosities he designs he’ll always be best recognized as a man who really liked to draw creepy robotic sex.
2. Salvador Dali
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Dali is arguably the most popular artist of the 20th century. His artwork is well known and amazingly influential, but while his weird pictures are memorable he’s also recognized as a cultural icon. That’s because he had a tendency to take part in strange and extravagant behavior. He always dressed in a long cape and used a walking stick, liked to talk about himself in the third person and wore the world’s most ridiculous mustache. He also had the habit of having the pens of fans who asked him for autographs. Generally, he was a pretty domineering guy who would do anything odd if it got him a little attention.
But if you can take lightly all that facts about him, he was a really good painter. He designed over 1500 paintings, many of them considered as masterpieces and just like the man himself, much of his art is weird and baffling, full of metaphor and abstract concepts.
3. Marcel Duchamp
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Duchamp is linked with both surrealism and the dada movement. While he designed in a variety of styles, he’s most well-known for his ‘readymade’ art, which was basically a big middle finger to the art world. Readymades are ordinary objects that Duchamp came across and introduced to the world as pieces of art. Duchamp made about twenty of these as his masterpiece, but by far the most popular example is a work called ‘Fountain’, which is nothing more than a urinal he bought. When it came time to display his ‘creation’ at an art show the board in charge of the exhibition had a tough debate and eventually chose to hide the display, presumably in the washroom.
4. Piet Mondrian
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Mondrian was a Dutch painter who liked lines vertically or horizontally. that were pretty much all he drew; Mondrian is most well-known for a series of compositions that are nothing more than black lines on a white canvas with a few yellow, red, and blue rectangles tossed in for good measure. He noted to this approach as ‘neoplasticism’ and it proved to be important, despite the fact that he pretty much just ordered one theme a whole bunch of times.
Well, that’s not completely true. As the years went on his black lines changed width, sometimes they disappeared out instead of stopping abruptly, and other colors started to get formed out. He was particularly excited by his search of double black lines, a fact which advises that Mondrian needed to get out of the house a little bit more. It’s impossible to deny Mondrian’s impact on the world of art, but it’s also impossible to deny that he taking his lines so seriously makes him a notably bizarre guy.
5. Vincent Van Gogh
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Van Gogh was a 19th-century Dutch painter whose work had an exceptional influence on pretty much every artist that followed him. This will only be news to about 3 people reading this because he’s also one of the most popular artists of all time. Pretty much everyone has seen one of his paintings at some point, because to this day they’re among the most recognizable in art history. Most people of the people know the story of him cutting off his left earlobe for being fit in his passion.
Van Gogh’s life was a constant streak of poorly thought out romances, hallucinations, and stays in mental hospitals. In fact, he created some of his most famous works after he sent himself to an asylum in France. As for his love life: he first proposed to his cousin, who was 7 years older than him, and who shot him down, then he linked up with an alcoholic hooker, and the 3rd woman in his life committed suicide after their families denied of their plans to marry. You can’t really charge the guy for giving up on women after that run. Van Gogh is the classic example of a neurotic genius; his work was brilliant but his life was quite rough. His poor health, constant debt, and depression caused him constant problems, and van Gogh became a pretty unusual man as a result.