“Divergent Thinking” Paintings by Bernie Taupin
In our highly specialized culture, we often lock people into categories as defined by their work. For instance, she’s a “doctor”, or he’s an “engineer”. Then we marvel at some other aspect of their productive talent and call them “hobbies”. Usually these fall into pursuits for which they are not compensated with a living wage.
The moniker, “artist”, is much broader, so we tend to define it by subspecies such as sculptor, painter, musician, writer, etc. In Bernie Taupin’s case, I would simply call him a “creative” who has mastered the art of divergent thinking. Known globally for his prolific and exhaustive catalogue of hits with the likes of Elton John and Alice Cooper, (Crocodile Rock, Tiny Dancer, Goodbye Little Brick Road, Candle in the Wind. on and on and on…) Taupin has recently turned to painting as yet another expression of his boundless curiosity.
I’m quite taken with the concept of divergent thinking and hope you will watch the video attached below and learn more about it. Psychologists have found that a high IQ alone does not guarantee creativity. Instead, personality traits that promote divergent thinking are more important. Divergent thinking is found among people with personality traits such as nonconformity, curiosity, willingness to take risks, and persistence.
If you are curious and in Nashville this month, do yourself a favor and head downtown to the Rymer Gallery to see these fantastic paintings. You are sure to be inspired and delighted.
Artist representation: Rymer Gallery
Oh, that’s such a balsam for my soul!
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Because it’s in an art gallery its art, right? NOT! Very disappointing. A canvas covered with handgun targets and the word BANG in big red letters? Yellow plastic CAUTION tape modged to a white canvas with a tire track? The American flag cut into little pieces? And your final clue – just three easy prices to remember $1750 for a small canvas, $13,500 for medium, and $22,900 for a large canvas! At least try and maintain the illusion Bernie, without creating a tiered pricing structure to simplify your accounting! (Then again, the gallery IS next door to Dollar General.) I’ve seen some of Bernie’s early doodles in a lyric book from the seventies and at least those scraps show a little risk and conflict. What I saw this weekend was celebrity wall trash at its finest. This man was a great lyricist, but he should leave the modge podging to high schoolers! You’re in Nashville, write a song dude!
Thanks Anne! You and the entire 5th avenue team make our city GREAT!
Betsy, as usual, your observations keep one’s eye and mind wide open for new experience. Thanks to Jeff Rymer for bringing this to his gallery and to you for letting lots of folks see and know about it. It’s a delight just to look in the window at Jeff’s gallery.
Who knows that the Eagles lyricist is one of the stars of Nashville – the tv series? Not a bad side gig either!
Thanks for connecting the dots with arts, divergent thinking… can’t be said enough. Also, love RSAs.
Thank you so much David! I made that terrible typo at 5 a.m. this morning, then corrected it minutes later but alas too late it is in the web now confusing all…I appreciate your close read and also appreciate your following of the blog. I HOPE Bernie forgives me too!
Thank you so much!!! I REALLY appreciate your following the blog!!
Betsy, I had randomly stumbled upon your blog quit some time ago and I just wanted you to know that I thoroughly enjoy it. You probably get emails like this all the time, but just in case you don’t …….
Keep up the lovely work! Susan
Betsy: ArtStormer is wonderful. I look forward to each posting. But Elton John’s lyricist is Bernie Taupin, not Barry. Are they the same person? Best, David Daniels Toronto Canada