03.19.10 ARTWORK WITH A KISS OF STAR POWER
For more than 30 years, Paul Stanley has fronted one of the hottest bands in the world, KISS. The star child of KISS is the singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist for the band. But he has a second artistic outlet that brought the legendary rock star to South Florida.
"KISS has become a tribal gathering," Stanley said. "It's a life force. We have people who come to these concerts from ages from 7 to 75. It's like a communal church to celebrate rock and roll."
But just as his fans have such a passion for KISS' music, Stanley is equally passionate about his artwork. For the last decade, Paul has been painting acrylic paintings and prints. The paintings are on display at the Wentworth Galleries in Fort Lauderdale and in Boca Raton.
"It's been phenomenal," Stanley said. "I am so fortunate that it's doing so well. I'm still in awe and humbled by the response. It's been amazing"
Paul took on the Mona Lisa, which had a special meaning to him. Every icon can use a fresh coat of paint," Stanley said. "I know all about that; so I pulled her kicking and screaming in to the 21st century!"
He created a painting he called "All You Need Is Love," for his wife. But he also has one that's simply called "Scream!"
"The cool thing about this I was miserable and now I look how far I've come," Paul said. "That's what great about paintings and art; they can be a cool snapshot of certain period."
From ripping off some of the most recognizable riffs in rock & roll history to painting artwork that sells for as much as $70,000; Paul is one creative person who rocks everything he touches.
"I wake-up everyday thinking life is a miracle," Stanley said. "If you're not inspired every day you're not living life."
Paul is also never one to shy away from the spotlight, especially when it comes from CBS4's Lisa Petrillo. "Not to offend Gene Simmons or anything, but I always thought you were the cutest KISS member," Petrillo told Stanley. "I still am," Stanley fired right back.
KISS sets out on a European tour in May. Paul's artwork is on display at the Wentworth Galleries in Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton. The Boca Raton galley is open Friday night from 5-9 pm and then moves to the Fort Lauderdale gallery from noon – 2 p.m.