julian schnabel

The Gramercy Park Hotel is one of his recent projects.

His "palazzo" in New York.

Inside his digs.

One of his films.

The man.

Flicking through the latest Elle Decoration I saw one of the homeowners had a book on Julian Schnabel. Oh, how much would I love that book! It was not that long ago that Vanity Fair published an article on Mr Schnabel's Venetian-style palazzo he's built in New York. The courage and determination to see his vision through is one of many reasons why I think he rocks. The others are:

* he is a multi-talented man: a painter, sculptor, furniture designer and filmmaker
* at the start of his career he worked as a short-order cook to help pay the bills as he tried to establish himself as an artist
* he's not shy to express his opinion, stating: "I'm the closest thing to Picasso that you'll see in this *#@ life"
* but on the other hand, I admire his passion: "Painting is like breathing to me. It’s what I do all the time. Every day I make art, whether it is painting, writing or making a movie."
* he has made some amazing films: Basquiat, Before Night Falls and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

Images courtesy of
Vanity Fair

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