A GALLERY OF STARS; Bob Dylan and Anthony Hopkins Are about to Exhibit Their Daubings in the Capital. but in Donning Smocks They Are Not Alone. Self-Expression on Canvas Has Long Been a Celebrity Pastime, Creating Works That Range from the Naif to the Bizarre. ES Has a Brush with Fame

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A GALLERY OF STARS; Bob Dylan and Anthony Hopkins Are about to Exhibit Their Daubings in the Capital. but in Donning Smocks They Are Not Alone. Self-Expression on Canvas Has Long Been a Celebrity Pastime, Creating Works That Range from the Naif to the Bizarre. ES Has a Brush with Fame


Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood's recent travails have been well documented on canvas. After dumping Jo, his wife of two decades (left), his ex-brother-in-law, the artist Paul Karslake, depicted Ronnie as a vampire sucking a blonde's blood. A prolific painter himself, Ronnie was busy sketching pictures of his new, much younger, Russian flame Ekatarina. He intended to roll out the series in her home city of Moscow but scrapped the idea soon after they broke up last year. So it's back to his old subjects: Mick, Keith and Charlie, Mohammed Ali and the occasional endangered species.

Moby

DJ and vegan teashop owner Moby moonlights as an artist, providing the cover artwork for several of his albums and singles, as well as animation for his videos. His work always features an antennaed alien version of himself forlornly wandering around a featureless planet - occasionally befriended by an eyeless feathered egg or a sad-looking dog. Perhaps he should call his next single 'Why does my art feel so sad?'

Paul McCartney

As an 11-year-old, Macca bought a modern art book so he could brush up on Dali and Picasso; at 14, he won a prize for drawing a church in Liverpool. As the Fab Four took off in the 1960s, he inveigled his way into the studios of Andy Warhol and Peter Blake, who he commissioned for the Sergeant Pepper cover. After snapping up a few paintings by Magritte (whose surrealist depiction of an apple gave Apple Records its logo), in the 1980s he started to paint marmalade skies, his late wife Linda and the Queen. An Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool in 2002 included Egypt Station (right).

Anthony Hopkins

Fiery Welshman Anthony Hopkins describes himself as a 'shy artist' who paints daily in the studio at his Malibu home. With his hellraising days firmly behind him ('Oh, I had a grand old time. I was a wild boy, yeah! Van Gogh type'), the septuagenarian now finds release through oil, acrylic and ink. Perhaps unsurprisingly for an actor who can play the part of Picasso as convincingly as that of a chilling serial killer, his pictures are a wild mix of disturbing portraits in blood red and acid yellow and peaceful landscapes. A show of his work opens on 17 February at Gallery 27, Cork Street, W1 (gallery27.com).

Bono

Somehow, between his hectic schedule saving the world, shaking hands with pontiffs and presidents, and producing stadium rock, Bono has found the time to share his artistic visions with us. In 2003, he illustrated a limited-edition book of Peter & the Wolf for charity, with a little help from his daughters Eve and Jordan. His wolf was suitably menacing, with long claws and gnashing teeth, while Peter wore dark wraparound sunglasses and looked strangely familiar...

David Bowie

Signed prints of Bowie's abstract acrylics, from a portrait of novelist William S Burroughs to a Turkish father and son, and Portrait of JO (left), sell for upwards of [pounds sterling]100 on his web gallery, bowieart.com. He's even sprinkled some Ziggy stardust over a few Royal College of Art graduates, photographing one in a Christ pose. Recently, he's undergone a few ch... ch... changes and turned his hand to sculptures of Kenyan tribespeople. However, attempting to interpret the oddity that is his painting The Rape of Bigarsehole is beyond us.

Jane Seymour

The British actress found solace in painting 15 years ago when she was going through a divorce that almost left her bankrupt. …

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