While most of us are aware, or have read about James "I am an artist" Franco's antics, model Sasha Pivovarova's backstage fashion week sketches and how Macauley Culkin more or less gave up acting to become an artist and writer,  but did you know that Sylvester Stallone is as prolific in art as he is in catchphrases? Or that Lucy Liu created with her hands before she could act? Here are some of the most surprising celebrities that also possess some serious artistic talents.

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Johnny Depp

Secret creatives: 8 of the most surprising celebrity artists

As an ardent portrait artist, Johnny Depp has painted many famous friend, including Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando and his ex-partner Vanessa Paradis, who used the portrait he painted for her 2007 album, Divinidylle.

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Lucy Liu

Secret creatives: 8 of the most surprising celebrity artists

Surprisingly, the Kill Bill star has made abstract art under the pseudonym Yu Ling for close to 22 years. In 2014, she exhibited under her real name for the first time l when she held an exhibition at London's Salon Vert Gallery.

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Sylvester Stallone

Secret creatives: 8 of the most surprising celebrity artists

Did you know that Stallone is also a prolific expressionist painter who has created somewhere between 300-400 works? You do now. He even just showed a retrospective, Sylvester Stallone, Real Love: Paintings 1975-2015 at the Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain in Nice, France.

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Noah Taylor

Secret creatives: 8 of the most surprising celebrity artists

Having recently held a talk at Semi Permanent in Sydney as well as a show at Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney, Australian-bred, London-based Almost Famous and Game of Thrones actor Noah Taylor's dark, haunting paper works have been garnering much praise both here and abroad

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Courtney Love

Secret creatives: 8 of the most surprising celebrity artists

Like her music and her voiced opinions, Courtney Love's art is raw, emotionally-driven and incredibly polarising. Though she first studied (albeit, briefly) at the San Francisco Art Institute in the 80s, she held her first exhibit in 2012. 

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Dennis Hopper

Secret creatives: 8 of the most surprising celebrity artists

Beyond his work as an actor and auteur, Dennis Hopper was also a very active artist- and though his main practice was photography, he has also worked on painting and assembly.

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Viggo Mortensen

Secret creatives: 8 of the most surprising celebrity artists

A photographer since he was a teenager, actor Viggo Mortensen's main practice is now painting. And though some of his works still incorporate his photographs, they are often manipulated into the abstract with scratches, lines and visceral strokes.

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Alison Mosshart

Secret creatives: 8 of the most surprising celebrity artists

While on tour as the rock goddess lead singer of The Kills and The Dead Weather, Alison Mosshart has always created art and like her stage presence, the work is expressive, intuitive and firey. Her first solo show is on now until July 11 at Joseph Gross Gallery in New York. 

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