Sure, we know that rockers and rappers are infamous for being the most inventiveâ€”which is to say extremeâ€”band of baby namers.Â But what about artists at the other end of the spectrumâ€”the Fine Art painters and sculptors. Are they equally creative when naming their kids?
Getting the answer to this question proved to be a little more difficult than Iâ€™d thought, since these art world denizens and their offspring donâ€™t appear much in the tabs, and most of their biographies downplay their domestic lives. Â But my digging did produce some evidence that their creativity did extend to a number of artists’ children’s name choices.
Here are some truly creative baby names chosen by both superstars of the art world and others who might be less well known.Â Most are modern/contemporary painters and sculptors, but with a few irresistible older masters’ names thrown in.
Beatrice (Bebe) â€“Tony Smith
Chiara (who became the artist Kiki)– Tony Smith
Dominie–R. B. Kitaj
Kizette–Tamara de Lempicka
Lorenza (called Lola)â€”Salvador Scarpitta
Lyndon (called Lyn)â€”Kenneth Noland
Melia â€“Brice Marden
Palomaâ€”Pablo Picasso (shown as painted by her father)
Rainier Yinglingâ€”Donald Judd
Vida Roseâ€”Craig Kauffman
Angus Orionâ€”John Chamberlain
Anton Lemuel (called Lem)–R. B. Kitaj
Cassius Atticusâ€”Damien Hirst
Connor Ojala â€“Damien Hirst
Cyrus Joeâ€”Damien Hirst
Flavin Starbuckâ€”Donald Judd (after his friend and fellow artist Dan Flavin)
Ulrich (called Jimmy) â€“Max Ernst