Bob Ross did “The Joy of Painting” completely free of charge and only made money through his art supply store. Most of the seasons were filmed back-to-back in less than three days.
Bob Ross was a Master Sergent in the US Airforce. He was required to be “mean and tough,” to be “the guy who scream at you for being late to work.” After 20 years he left the military and decided “he would never scream again.” 3 years later he started “The Joy of Painting”.
Congo, a chimpanzee who made over 400 paintings, would scream if a painting was taken away from him before he was finished.
Salvador Dali made a painting for the prisoners at Rikers Island in NYC that hung in the prisoner dining room for 15 years, when it was moved to the prison lobby for ‘safekeeping’. In 2003, three prison guards and a warden stole the painting.
Most of the paintings by Adolf Hitler, which he painted in his youth and sold to a glazier ’s store during his Vienna years, were bought by Jewish customers.
In 2011, James Franco put his name behind a project called “The Museum of Non-visible Art”. A woman paid $10,000 for a non-visible piece called “Fresh Air”.
A German art student illuminated and bound the entire Silmarillion by hand like a 21st-century monastic scribe as his final project.
There is a small village in Japan that invented the practice of rice paddy art whereby 4 different strains of rice are planted in a pattern so that they form a picture once the rice matures.
Prior to the first nuclear bomb detonation in July of 1945, isotopes such as strontium-90 and cesium-137 simply did not exist in nature. Pieces of art and bottles of wine created before 1945 can be tested for cesium, if they contain traces of cesium they would almost certainly be fake.
The schizophrenic artist Mary Barnes discovered her talent while undergoing treatment at Kingsley Hall during which she was encouraged to regress to a childlike state and paint on the walls with her feces. When they needed a solution for the smell, they decided to give her paint.