Rock stars’ progeny often try to pursue the same career as their famous parents. There are plenty of examples, from the Beatles’ sons (Sean, Julian, James, Dhani), to Jakob Dylan, to Lisa Marie Presley, to Lulu and Harper Simon, to Joe Sumner (Sting’s son), to Kelly and Aimee Osbourne, to Wolfgang Van Halen… the list is very long, and why wouldn’t they give it a try?
However, the music business is tough and very few of them achieve something close to their successful parents’ music career. That’s why it may be a good idea to try another artistic career. Not only Rocco Ritchie, Madonna’s son, has tried this, but he also attempted to do it under a pseudonym so that nobody knew he was Maddie and Guy’s son until his real identity was revealed by Page Six!
The young man, who is now 23, is a visual artist represented by a London gallery under the pseudonym Rhed. “Rhed is a young emerging artist whose cultural background is diverse and unconventional,” reads the artist’s bio on London’s Tanya Baxter Contemporary gallery website. “His childhood was spent between New York and London which have given him an eclectic and diverse artistic background.”
He has even been doing this for a little while as his first gallery show was in July 2018: a press release described his art as a “new genre of bricolage art with expressionist verve and street energy” with “hints of Basquiat and Banksy.”
Rocco Ritchie is attending Central Saint Martins, a world-renowned arts and design college in London and an insider told the Sun that “He’s proved his dedication by attending all his classes and throwing himself into studying. Plus, no one treats him like the son of a superstar — he feels like a normal student. He is inspired by graffiti artist Banksy and sees himself as a key player in the London art scene in a few years’ time.”
All the family was reunited in 2020 when attending one of his exhibits, but, at the time, the press missed the best part and simply mentioned the “young artist Rhed” was “a new favorite among the wealthy art elite.”
This story reminds me of Frances Bean Cobain’s own art that she showed in a very low-key manner at the art gallery La Luz de Jesus Gallery (located in my neighborhood) under the pseudonym Fiddle Tim a few years ago. Her real identity was soon discovered and revealed everywhere. Don’t they all do that?
According to Page Six, Rocco/Rhed has already sold paintings and some are listed for up to £24,000/$32,000. He gets rave reviews on this page, but I will let you judge by yourself: here are some of his paintings, and they honestly remind me more of Picasso’s work than Bansky’s or Basquiat’s, but what do I know?
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