Sure, we know that rockers and rappers are infamous for being the most inventive—which is to say extreme—band of baby namers. But what about artists at the other end of the spectrum—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 I’d thought, since these art world denizens and their offspring don’t appear much in the tabs, and most of their biographies downplay their domestic lives. 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. Most are modern/contemporary painters and sculptors, but with a few irresistible older masters’ names thrown in.
Beatrice (Bebe) –Tony Smith
Chiara (who became the artist Kiki)– Tony Smith
Dominie–R. B. Kitaj
Kizette–Tamara de Lempicka
Lorenza (called Lola)—Salvador Scarpitta
Lyndon (called Lyn)—Kenneth Noland
Melia –Brice Marden
Paloma—Pablo Picasso (shown as painted by her father)
Rainier Yingling—Donald Judd
Vida Rose—Craig Kauffman
Angus Orion—John Chamberlain
Anton Lemuel (called Lem)–R. B. Kitaj
Cassius Atticus—Damien Hirst
Connor Ojala –Damien Hirst
Cyrus Joe—Damien Hirst
Flavin Starbuck—Donald Judd (after his friend and fellow artist Dan Flavin)
Ulrich (called Jimmy) –Max Ernst