Over the past months, Val Kilmer has been on an incredible journey of art and self expression and has created a gallery and a space in the world for himself and others — now he says he’s actually convinced a friend and fellow artist to go public with a new body of work.
Kilmer rose to fame in comedy films like "Top Secret" and "Real Genius!" and became well known for starring in iconic films such as "Top Gun," and "The Doors. When he was diagnosed with cancer and treatment made it impossible for him to act for a while, he turned to painting as a way to cope, according to W Magazine.
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It's all here! I've somehow convinced @hrnjakart to reveal a new body of work. He's been meticulously creating a series of mid-century modern paintings secretly in his studio. Wonderfully familiar, hypnotizing and nuanced. So complex with endless layers, yet he makes it seem effortless. They're like poems for the eyes. Damn him! I love them all so much. Be sure to come by @helmelstudios on Friday and be enchanted.
His followers totally agreed about the beauty of the paintings, “They are breathtaking I’ve gotta see this.”
And encouraged him to keep posting about the art he encounters, “I love seeing your posts and all the things you've got going on, Val, keep up your good work and keep surrounding yourself with art, yours and other artists.”
Information about art during cancer recovery
SurvivorNet has spoken with a lot of people who have said that art has been a really important part of their recovery from cancer — making it, viewing it, and sharing it. Marianne Cuozzo is one of those survivors — she’s been through a lot, she can laugh at herself a bit, and she always turns to art during the most difficult times.
As a three-time cancer survivor, she says it might be accurate to say that cancer has been her whole life. However, as a mother and an artist, she has turned her life into a lot more than her diagnosis.
Marianne was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1994 at age 28. In 1997 she had a recurrence, and in 2014 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy and immediate reconstructionbut after years of infections, she decided to have the implants removed and “go flat.”
“I’m doing the best I can to feel beautiful in this new body, ” she says. Cuozzo has always found comfort expressing herself through art. Her work reflects a deeply personal evolution of body image and sexuality.