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acclaimed painters & artists turned filmmakers

georgev

almost 5 years ago

Hi fellow auteurs,

At the last Rotterdam Film festival I was surprised at the amount of feature films made by artists turned film-makers. Shirin Neshat was an obvious example but also Pipiloti Rist. Sam Taylor-Wood recently made a movie following in the footsteps of British artists Steve Mqueen and Tracey Emin (Top Spot).

I was wondering if this is a new trend or if anybody knows any acclaimed artists/painters turned filmmakers from the past?

I can only think of a few coming from the New York art scene of the 80’s who became directors in the 90’s:
Cindy Sherman made The Office Killer, Robert Longo made Johnny Mnemonic and Julian Schnabel of course. It’s almost as if one artist starts in a certain scene, others follow.

The obvious follow up question is: Is it a succesfull transition? In the case of Longo and Sherman it probably wasn’t.

Pedja

almost 3 years ago

Andy Warhol?

Miasma

almost 3 years ago

Z. Bart

almost 3 years ago

Schnabel and Longo’s Neo-Expressionist comrade David Salle also made a feature film, Search and Destroy. in 1995. Derek Jarman is, of course, an excellent example of a painter turned director.

Eavan

almost 3 years ago

Vincent Gallo
http://www.vincentgallo.com/misc/index.html

David Lynch perhaps…

Ben.

almost 3 years ago

Is Greenaway an acclaimed painter?

I liked the two films I’ve seen by him……….

kebarvi​d

almost 3 years ago

Jean Cocteau

Santino

almost 3 years ago

Banksy

Hellsho​cked

almost 3 years ago

Kiarostami
Pasolini painted though most of the acclaim he received was for his writing.
Kurosawa started out as a painter I believe.

Michael Guillen

almost 3 years ago

Wim Wenders.

almost 3 years ago

Along with all mentioned Gus Van Sant and Agnès Varda. There are many, many, many. But I agree, recently it seems there has been a large shift towards film.

Matt Parks

almost 3 years ago

Robert Breer
Charles and Ray Eames

tomas.roges

almost 2 years ago

Akira Kurosawa




Maurice Pialat


blue lips

almost 2 years ago

Italian director Matteo Garrone was a painter until he began his career as a filmmaker.

Cineast​ic

almost 2 years ago

Fritz Lang went to art school to become a painter, but I don’t know how “acclaimed” he was.

As a young man John Ford studied painting.

kasbury

10 months ago

Alfred Leslie, realist painter from NYC (http://www.alfredleslie.com/), branched out into filmmaking as he continued to paint. Known especially for direction of Pull My Daisy (1959), co-directed by Robert Frank, adapted/narrated by Allen Ginsberg.

kasbury

10 months ago

Alfred Leslie, realist painter from NYC (http://www.alfredleslie.com/), branched out into filmmaking as he continued to paint. Known especially for direction of Pull My Daisy (1959), co-directed by Robert Frank, adapted/narrated by Allen Ginsberg.

Longo made Johnny Mnemonic….
That counts?

Yasser Azmy

10 months ago

Heroshi Teshighara was a professional sculpture , His first film was focusing on documenting art “paintings”

as far as i know he stopped making films and back to his gallery, i do not know if the that part is true, but i was reading about him and i wanted to know why he make only 5 films

Kenji

10 months ago

Mizoguchi was an apprentice kimono designer and then entered the Aohashi Western Painting Research Institute, before becoming a newspaper illustrator

Dominik Zurowsk​i

10 months ago

Bresson was a painter

Kitchen​er Leslie

10 months ago

Bresson was also a photographer for Coco Chanel with his own studio and stuff.

TeN

10 months ago

I’d never seen Pialat’s paintings before! thanks for posting those. very interesting.

TeN

10 months ago

re: Bresson as a painter, I like what Ignatiy Vishnevetsky had to say…

“‘Owing nothing to any other film’ has become, over the decades, the critical party line on Bresson, whose films are more likely to be elucidated through comparisons to Manet than to any filmmaker—owing, in part, to his oft-cited, more-or-less-undocumented background as an ‘artist’ (if Bresson was a painter, where, then, are his paintings?).”

https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/the-comedy-stylings-of-robert-bresson

Dominik Zurowsk​i

10 months ago

Probably at his wife’s house…

“I haven’t painted for a long time. I believe that painting is over. There is nowhere to go. I don’t mean after [Pablo] Picasso, but after Cézanne. He went to the brink of what could not be done. Others may paint because they are of a different generation, but I felt very early on that I must not continue. When I stopped, it was horrible. At first, cinema was only a stop-gap, to occupy my mind. It was the right choice, I think, because cinema can go beyond painting. [… It] is tomorrow’s writing or painting, with two kinds of ink, one for the eye, one for the ear.”

Hellsho​cked

10 months ago

He was much more renowned for his poetry but Pasolini also painted and took it up again toward the end of his life

Dominik Zurowsk​i

10 months ago

Paintings by Skolimowski:
http://www.skotforeman.com/Artist-Detail.cfm?ArtistsID=601