1. Jack White
Jack White may be best known for his heavy guitar riffs, but he actually got his start refurbishing old chairs. White began a three-year upholstery apprenticeship at the age of 15 and eventually started his own business. Third Man Upholstery, however, was unprofitable because of his complacency about money and his business practices that were perceived as unprofessional, including making bills out in crayon and writing poetry inside the furniture.
You probably know Pharrell for his smooth lyrics and catchy beats. But did you also know that he’s an avid fashion and furniture designer? Pharrell worked on furniture with Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin and a French manufacturer, Domeau & Pérès. One of his works, a molded plastic seat, depicts a sexual scene with a pair of female legs and male legs.
3. Jeff Bridges
Bridges has been an amateur photographer since high school and began taking pictures on film sets during Starman, at the suggestion of co-star Karen Allen. In 2003, Bridges published a collection of his images titled Pictures: Photographs by Jeff Bridges
4. David Bowie
Bowie began painting post-modernist pieces after his move to Switzerland in 1976. Around this time, he also began touring with a sketchbook and camera, and collecting contemporary art.
5. Daniel Day-Lewis
Believe it or not, milkshake master Daniel Day-Lewis also has a secret passion for shoes. Day-Lewis apprenticed under Stefano Bemer, a former Gucci sole man and one of the most renowned cobblers in all of Italy.
6. James Franco
James Franco has acted in, directed, and produced more films than we can count. But did you also know he’s an extremely accomplished visual artist? Franco began painting in high school, before he actually ever acted. His paintings were displayed publicly for the first time in 2006 at the Glü Gallery in Los Angeles.
7. Frank Sinatra
Did you know that Mr. New York, the king of the Rat Pack, was also seriously into the visual arts? Sinatra spent much of his free time painting, despite being very private about his works. The first glimpse that the public had into his artwork was in 1991 with the publication of Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Art.
8. Chris Brown
When he’s not making beats and touring around the world, Chris Brown can frequently be found with a paint can in hand. Brown is a very active painter and graffiti artist, most recently collaborating with Ron English on a series of pieces that were auctioned off to support his Symphonic Love Foundation.
9. Patti Smith
The Godmother of Punk, Patti Smith’s visual art and photography have been installed in museums across the world. Her latest passion is “Pure Photography,” a self-titled method of capturing still objects on film without using a flash.
10. Swizz Beatz
Hip-hop recording artist, record producer, and composer Swizz Beatz is also an active fashion designer, shoe designer, and painter. Beatz’s above piece was auctioned off (as are many of his artworks) in 2006, benefitting the Save the Children Federation.
11. Steve Martin
You probably know Steve Martin from his legendary stand-up career or countless movie and television appearances, but this guy just about does it all. Martin is also an author, playwright, producer, and Grammy-winning musician. You can currently catch Martin on tour with the Steep Canyon Rangers.