Fox Bronte art is a big hit on the web

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His work has been banned twice but a controversial artist making waves on the internet says his inspirations are far more wholesome.

Fox Bronte is on his third channel on YouTube after previous videos efforts were suspended – thanks to his use of various body parts and bodily fluids to create his pieces.

But with more than 838,000 views on his pages and nearly 25,000 subscribers, the 24-year-old Bradford-born artist is reportedly the most subscribed-to visual artist in the UK – and is growing ever more popular.

And although some of his works include painting a picture of a Prime Minister on a friend’s buttocks, painting a clown with toothpaste and a toothbrush, creating portraits using his own vomit and a sculpture using sanitary products, Mr Bronte, real name Ian Dennis, says he was inspired by a children’s programme.

“It started after I watched an episode of Art Attack,” said Mr Bronte, who lives in Ilkley.

“It was all about using different materials and I just thought I’d see what happens.

“For the General Election in 2010, I painted Gordon Brown on my cousin’s bum and that went viral on the internet.

“It went from there and gave me a bit more confidence.”

Mr Bronte, who has had no formal artistic training but has been drawing since he was a child, has probably become most infamous for his Lady Gaga portrait painted with his penis. But he insists he is not out to shock and just wants to bring entertainment to art.

He said: “I want to make it entertaining. I recently went around the National Gallery and there was no-one there because it’s boring.

“My inspirations are people like Rolf Harris and Tony Hart. My audiences are different but I try to connect with the audience in the same way.”

Now he is hoping his work can find a more mainstream platform, and is entering Britain’s Got Talent this year.

“I’m going to paint Amanda Holden in two minutes using toothpaste,” he said.

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10:45am Mon 23 Jan 12

Albion. says...

It isn't April 1st yet is it?
It isn't April 1st yet is it? Albion.
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12:27pm Mon 23 Jan 12

Rambo says...

I'd like to actually some traditional artwork from the guy, to establish if he actually has any talent or ablity. Otherwise he's just one of those 'artists' who gain a reputation just for doing crass things - Whats to stop anyone else painting pictures in faeces?
"I want to make it entertaining. I recently went around the National Gallery and there was no-one there because it’s boring"
No-one there? With the Leonardo exhibtion currently on? yeah right....
I'd like to actually some traditional artwork from the guy, to establish if he actually has any talent or ablity. Otherwise he's just one of those 'artists' who gain a reputation just for doing crass things - Whats to stop anyone else painting pictures in faeces? "I want to make it entertaining. I recently went around the National Gallery and there was no-one there because it’s boring" No-one there? With the Leonardo exhibtion currently on? yeah right.... Rambo
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12:29am Tue 24 Jan 12

ollie59 says...

I recently went around the National Gallery and it was full of people appreciating some of the world's finest works of art. I somehow feel Mr Bronte's offerings won't be there anytime soon. But then again ....
I recently went around the National Gallery and it was full of people appreciating some of the world's finest works of art. I somehow feel Mr Bronte's offerings won't be there anytime soon. But then again .... ollie59
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9:08am Tue 24 Jan 12

miamcdonald says...

have just checked out his art on youtube too, and he is actually very talented. not my sort of thing if I am being honest, but he's obviously got a young audience that like him, so good luck.
have just checked out his art on youtube too, and he is actually very talented. not my sort of thing if I am being honest, but he's obviously got a young audience that like him, so good luck. miamcdonald
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6:50pm Tue 24 Jan 12

aspinall1978 says...

RE: Rambo "I'd like to see mr bronte do some traditional art to see if he is talented." Why exactly? He's not a traditional artist, so why would he want to do some traditional art? Art doesn't have to be just painting and drawing. All you can judge an artist on are by what their aims are and if they achieve them. Not all artist have a goal to make a picture look like a photograph. Obviously - he has an aim which is to entertain an audience... and he is obviously succeeding in doing that, by whatever means.
RE: Rambo "I'd like to see mr bronte do some traditional art to see if he is talented." Why exactly? He's not a traditional artist, so why would he want to do some traditional art? Art doesn't have to be just painting and drawing. All you can judge an artist on are by what their aims are and if they achieve them. Not all artist have a goal to make a picture look like a photograph. Obviously - he has an aim which is to entertain an audience... and he is obviously succeeding in doing that, by whatever means. aspinall1978
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11:17pm Tue 24 Jan 12

mrs walker says...

ollie59 wrote:
I recently went around the National Gallery and it was full of people appreciating some of the world's finest works of art. I somehow feel Mr Bronte's offerings won't be there anytime soon. But then again ....
That nice Mr Banksy got his work in there...
[quote][p][bold]ollie59[/bold] wrote: I recently went around the National Gallery and it was full of people appreciating some of the world's finest works of art. I somehow feel Mr Bronte's offerings won't be there anytime soon. But then again ....[/p][/quote]That nice Mr Banksy got his work in there... mrs walker
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