Artist of the Week: Marilyn Manson
People like to bandy around the term “rock star artist” but the most rational response to that term is Marilyn Manson. I have only a few of his works in person; they do not pass through Chicago very often or I’m missing them. No gimmicks; musical fame aside, he’s actually very good and has a preference for watercolors, which he uses with nuance. He likes to work with tropes, symbols and icons and sometimes experiments with an intentional child-like drawing style. I sometimes think I see hints of Joan Miro and stronger influences of Francis Bacon. Manson is prolific, too. At this time, there are fifteen pages of selected works in his online web portfolio.
So next time an art professor tries to sell you on the idea of some atelier lapdog of Saatchi as a “rock star” artist, just nod, smile and imagine Marilyn Manson biting out his eyes. It will make the conversation easier. See more work on Marilyn Manson’s website here.