Rocker Marilyn Manson turns artist

Last Updated: Jun 30, 2010, 09:41 AM IST

London: He is best known for his outrageous costumes and lyrics and now rocker Marlyn Manson is set to shock with his paintings.

The singer who is known for his penchant for the dark and disturbing, debuted his watercolour exhibition, called `Genealogies Of Pain` in Vienna which saw him team up with US
film director David Lynch, reported a news website.

The two previously collaborated on Lynch`s 1997 thriller `Lost Highway`, where Manson played a porn star.

This time around, Lynch has contributed several short films to Manson`s exhibition, that are meant to provide a sort of aesthetic and historical context to the singer`s paintings.

Lynch has been a long-time fan of Manson, whose shock rock albums have contained songs entitled `Cake And Sodomy`, `Smells Like Children` and `May Cause Discoloration Of The Urine Or Feces`.

The controversial director wrote a foreword to Manson`s 1999 biography, `The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell`.

Manson`s paintings are predicted to sell for between USD 50,000 and USD 100,000 each.

In the exhibition`s press release, the show`s curators describe Manson as, "The scandal figure and thorn in the flesh of America`s moral custodians."

Manson, whose real name is Brian Hugh Warner, has never formally studied art, he attended college to study journalism, but quit to pursue his career in music.

The exhibition`s artworks span 15 years, from 1995 to 2010 and will be on display from June 30 to July 12.

PTI

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