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A Chaotic Pondering About Artists

One man that has always eluded me, an artist that always since a child captured my imagination was a chap called Byron. It was never his poetry itself, which with age I have grown to admire that so pinched my imagination but the rock star lifestyle and monumental swagger of the man. The womanising, drinking and madness I’ve come to enjoy personally with maturity, embedded somewhat in those early days spent exploring biographies for heroes as young boys do. It was this idiosyncrasy that had me so engrossed.
This begs me to ask. How often is it the artist him/herself that clings to our ideal of art? I mean, if it wasn’t for the back-story behind the paintings and poetry, sculptures and prose would your favourite work still be that. Can the two points even be mutually exclusive? Without the artist there would be no art, it’s perhaps the extraordinary lives of these individuals that provides the fuel which heats the hue of our rooms through prints and canvas or decks out our bookshelves so profoundly.
For example; I found myself thinking Ezra Pound wasn’t as good because in the end, regardless of his work, he didn’t get much sex (parking the fact he was a filthy fascist also). Subconsciously to me he could never be as good as Byron to me and yes, this is wrong but a prime example of why the back-story must delight as much as the work. The greatest artists are renowned just as much for their personalities and character, the stories are as profound as their masterpieces: Byron, Shelley, Caravaggio, The entire Bloomsbury group, the pre Raphaelites, Jim Morrison and the beat generation to name but a few.

Is it through the debauchery and madness that so enchants these characters that they gain the experience which fuels great art? Is the fact the greatest artists seemingly have entertaining lives linked and only by coincidence produce the most popular work. Or is the mixture of experience and sensitivity that produces great back-stories, leading onto creative genius not entirely exclusive to the end result? It’s a bit of a chicken and egg situation or is it a mixture of the two?

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Party, PR, and Pennies

If exercise boosts intellect then this should be good…as I’ve just exercised, also I’ve just been to the bank whereby I finally got round to weighting in all those millions of 1p coins from my money box on my windowsill. It came to five pounds, which is a bit better than going bald.
I’ve recently been working on a project which shall open a new chapter in the world of piracy, that’s why I’ve been asking people whether I’d make a good pirate or what would hold me back from embarking on a career as a pirate; I’m getting into character you see as it’s a first person narrative.
I sometimes ponder how this blog is really a projection of my own vanity. I sit here typing away about nothing but me and my exploits and to be fair I do find myself contemplating my brilliance every so often, which is only fair really when I equally consider my utter stupidity. We do live in an odd time whereby everyone is a little celebrity in their own right. Consider facebook, without consciously knowing it, we are acting like little PR guru’s, like it or not we manipulate the little cyber field that is our facebook page, creating an impression we wish others to have of us. Now dispense with the ‘I don’t actually care, because I’m to cool for school bla bla bla’ because we all do it.
I suppose such a culture as selfish as ours probably started with that old friend of mine Lord Byron, who to be frank, for his time, was a PR genius.
Today’s portraits and letters are twitter and facebook and we do as we always have done, trying to pledge ourselves as best we can.

I haven’t read a book in ages…note to self; read more!

Instead I’ve been idle, having tea parties and garden parties and drinking in the pub parties, watching political parties and starting a personal peter must get a job party.

So on that note am gonna have a write a set of lyrics party all on my own for that project –→


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