Steadman’s Art by Tyana Ruiz

1 Dec

Michelangelo once stated, “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands”. A creative mind, an artist, essentially, paints with his brain figuratively speaking. However, I think although painting with brains cannot be done physically, or at least I would like to believe is not done, it is still done through a creative artists’ work. A man of this method is British illustrator, Ralph Steadman. Steadman’s art conveys the work of his brain and not his hands. In the article, “The Story Of Steadman, Drawn From His ‘Gonzo’ Art”, by Vicki Barker, the art of Steadman and his past colleague Hunter S. Thompson detail Steadman’s journey of being an artist.

Together, Steadman and Thompson were a team and created “gonzo journalism”, where the tale teller becomes the tale. Both produced books such as Fear and Loathing in Vegas, and wrote several articles for Rolling Stones. However, sadly, in 2005 Hunter S. Thompson killed himself. Yet, Steadman still continues to produce creative art at the age of 76. His approach to art is if you ‘”tak[e]it to a point of no return at the very beginning, there is nothing to lose’”. This outlook succeeds taking into consideration Steadman’s success.. A documentary called, For No Good Reason, “takes a close and personal look at Steadman’s life, rise to prominence and irreverent approach to art”. Moreover, Barker writes, “In person, Steadman has twinkling eyes and a kindly manner—it seems that all his rage is channeled through his art”. Through Steadman’s work, various individuals see something different and unique. His art interests famous artists and actors such as Lucy Paul and Johnny Depp. Cleary, his work is a success and projects a powerful message to the observer/

Steadman proves Michelangelo right; he paints with his brains and not with his hands. He irrationally approaches the art to where he cannot return, which in turn allows him to delve into the depths of loss and create a masterpiece that we all can relate to. When we are connected to the painting, it is because we never have delved as deep as him and it speaks for us. Steadman connects with the people who are scared to think like him.

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2 Responses to “Steadman’s Art by Tyana Ruiz”

  1. perlagonzalez272 December 3, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    The quote you choose to include in the beginning really supports the rest of your paper. It was definitely and good hook and kept me reading.

  2. perlagonzalez272 December 3, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    The quote you choose to include in the beginning really supports the rest of your paper. It was definitely and good hook and kept me reading. Good job.

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