Brush With Fame – John Cleese

Posted June 10th, 2013 under England, Paintings, TV, Videos

Brush With Fame - John Cleese
John Cleese sits for a portrait, as John Myatt captures the actor and comedian on canvas in the style of Matisse. And there are 12 more episodes from this rather unknown, light hearted ITV daytime television show in our playlist here. A “Brush with Fame” featured a nationwide search to find Britain’s best amateur portrait painter. It was presented by Carol Smillie, and the last episode was broadcast on 11 November 2005.

Sixty people in each of nine UK regions were given half an hour to produce a self portrait using materials supplied by the programmers. Then, while the artists took a break, Carol and the two judges, Christian Furr and David Lee (art critic) looked at the painted pictures and chose twenty five people to go into the next round and paint a celebrity guest. The artists could then use their own materials and any medium. Out of the 25, the judges then chose 10 who would go on to the next round and paint a second celebrity. Out of the 10, one finalist was selected and also one wild card show contestant who would compete with 8 others from the other regions in a wild card show for the chance to join the nine finalists in London.

Bonus: John Cleese – A Lecture on Creativity

John Cleese tries to explain creativity and how to become more creative. The background of his lecture is scientific, the guide based on his own experience. This is really spot on and any creative professional will agree. Plus, it is really funny at the same time!