Outlaw art: artists wanted by the law

These artists pushed legal boundaries with their actions

Stars Insider

22/01/23 | StarsInsider


Art has always been a medium for rebellion. Many of the greatest artists throughout history were so revolutionary that they caused shock and offense to a criminal degree! From graphic depictions of the human body, to political statements that countered oppressive regimes, paint and brush have always had the power to speak louder than words. There is a freedom in artistic expression that harnesses the outlaw spirit and cannot be restricted by conservative societal norms, or even criminal laws.

However, this rebellious energy was also reflected in the personal lives of some great artists. Violence, arson, and abuse have darkened the legacies of some of the greatest creatives from the Renaissance to the Modern Art period.

Click through this gallery to learn about the artists, both troubled and brave, who ended up on the wrong side of the law.

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