Marilyn Manson is certainly an artist with many facets! He is of course best known for his music and songwriting, as well as his controversial appearances in public (and many lawsuits!). I find his physical appearance a little disturbing (and that’s obviously intended!) and I am not a fan of his music but I stumbled across his art and was really surprised!

Marilyn_Manson_in_a_Podium(photo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License)

Marilyn_Manson_Cannes(Photo copyright: Georges Biard)

He he usually wears black and looks a bit phantom-like, his music is often controversial and dark:
Here are some lyrical extracts:
– ”Now I’m picking my skin and my scales. I see my horror mirrored in the sundown of your blank stare” from the song Eat Me, Drink Me
– ”Death lies in little hands of children” from the song The Hands of Small Children
– “Mutilation’s the most sincere form of flattery. If you want to be me, Then stand in line like the rest” from the song Mutilation is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery
– “I wanna die young, Sell my soul, Use up all your drugs” from the song I Want to Disappear

But then I came across his watercolour paintings and at first, I sighed with relief… maybe because the light effect effect of the watercolour and pastel colour combination felt refreshing and fooled me into a false sense of security…

Marylin-Manson-Harlequin-Jack-and-the-Absinthe-bunnyHarlequin Jack and the Absinthe bunny

Marilyn-Manson-DitaDita

Obviously, using watercolours does not mean it’s all about skipping lightheartedly in a field of daisies… and after looking at his work into a bit more depth, I noticed that his controversy and darkness was actually definitely transpiring through his paintings too…

Marilyn-Manson-I-fucking-hate-youI Fucking Hate You

Marilyn-Manson-WraithWraithMarilyn-Manson-Ive-got-my-arm-around-no-oneI’ve Got My Arm Around Noone

Marilyn-Manson-Inner-self-portrait
Inner Self Portrait

All photos copyright of Marilyn Manson.

The more I looked, the more I felt uncomfortable with the negative energy coming out of his art and being a positive person myself who wants to lift up people’s spirits, I ended up wanting to stop looking at his art and go back to mine hahaha

I think Marilyn Manson has a talent that cannot be denied and discovering more about him was an ”interesting” experience 😉 Let me know how his work makes you feel! You can view more of his paintings here: http://www.mansonwiki.com/wiki/Marilyn_Manson_paintings#Paintings

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