Renaissance Man

Singer Ryan Adams Debuts Original Paintings

Musician Ryan Adams is now trying his hand at the arts. The official unsung Renaissance man of 2009—who, after playing with his band the Cardinals, launched a second solo career, published two books, and married candy-coated pop starlet Mandy Moore—debuted his first collection of paintings at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York Wednesday. In addition to the exhibit, which features abstract portraits and colorful flowers, the gallery’s first artist in residence has painted a number of canvases that will be auctioned to benefit the New York City AIDS and homelessness nonprofit organization Housing Works.