Let Me Teach You: An Art Teacher’s Judgment on Art by Robbie Williams and Other Stars | art

It’s pop art, but not as you know it. Robbie Williams She is the latest in a long list of musicians who have branched out into painting as another way of expressing themselves, but will it please you?

It will be the conquest of his beautiful art On display at Sotheby’s next monthand a growing gallery of pop star art. Over the years, exhibitions have featured the work of musicians including Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.

Their work has not always been well received. Since 1999, art critic Brian Sewell has said he’s tired of “The outrageous tendency among old pop stars who have been applauded to become artists”. Such critical disdain does not seem to deter musicians from turning to art. So said Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood Rarely does a day pass without a drawing.

Should they stick to the music? We asked Deborah Philpott, the A-level Art Examiner, who’s also a Excellent art teacherto categorize the works of six musicians, including Williams.

The results were mixed together only to scrape an A-level pass. But the examiner generously praised the individuality on display.

“All candidates were able to respond creatively and individually with strong ties to their own environment,” says Philpott. “They all demonstrated a creative response to media and materials, which demonstrated purposeful and thoughtful results.”

She added, “All the work was personal, some more informed by context and driven by the work of other artists. Each piece reflects the candidates’ own interpretation of a topic close to their hearts.”

Robbie Williams

Beverly, by Robbie Williams and Ed Goodrich, valued at between £15,000 and £20,000.
It is estimated that Robbie Williams and Ed Goodrich will sell Beverly between £15,000 and £20,000. Photo: Sotheby’s/PA

Grade A Level B

A collaborative piece, containing recurring images, symbols, and signs, reminiscent of work such as Aboriginal paintings and that of American artist Jackson Pollock. The picture reflects an interest in pop art and the more recent work of street artists such as Banksy. Interesting use of media and images that create a charming result that responds to the environment and sounds created in the studio.

Paul McCartney

Bowie ejaculate by Paul McCartney
Bowie Spiwing, by Paul McCartney

Grade A- Level C

Expressive and powerful use of color and mark-making, with a personal, emotional and intuitive response to his subject matter. Experimental use of media with a limited palette and a fun set of mark-making.

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain painting
Untitled painting by Kurt Cobain

Grade A- Level D

A loose interpretation of scale and form nevertheless captures a lively imagination with a strong sense of colour, line and tone. Some consider relative and compositional order, producing an emotional response to a disturbing image.

Joni Mitchell

Still Life with Anxiety, by Joni Mitchell
Still Life with Anxiety, by Joni Mitchell

Grade A Level B

Vivid and lively use of color and mark-making, interpreting the traditions of still life and portraiture, making an interesting composition with a riot of shapes and textures. A lively blend of figurative and abstract qualities with a nod to post-impressionism.

Chrissy Hende

Self-portrait, Chrissy Hynd.
Selfie of Chrissy Hynd

A-level grade

Shows a sound understanding of the art conventions of the early twentieth century. Vivid use of color with a bold use of shapes and abstract shapes. Expressive use of brush marks with skillful use of proportion and texture.

Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood's Stray Cat Sweatshirt
Ronnie Wood’s Stray Cat Sweatshirt

Grade A Level B

Great energy in using the media and making signs. Good use of tone, understanding of proportion, and a sense of movement. Demonstrates ingenious drawing skill and the ability to capture the mood and movement of an action setting.