Welcome to another week of wonderful commentaries on the visual arts world from some guest writers. Last time we gave you Heinali & Matt Finney with their favourite artists. This month however, one of the most awesome PR groups around, A Badge of Friendship have sent some articles from their musicians our way. Today, Anja McCloskey is telling us about the renowned Viennese painter, Gustav Klimt. The first time I really noticed Gustav Klimt was during a visit to Vienna. The hotel I stayed in had gone a little overboard on interior decoration and had matching golden wall tiles and bed linen, to go with the shiny Klimt print hanging above the bed. Whilst the hotel approach was completely over the top, I still noticed the power of "The Kiss", as it was sending me to sleep each night. I would have loved to get a print of it and hang it up in my flat, but I was not sure if IKEA had had that idea before me and I did not want to run danger of sharing this little image with thousands of other households across Europe. Somehow its magic would have vanished, if there had been a "Good Housekeeping" spread on the matter. Image and video hosting by TinyPic Foolishly I dismissed Klimt as too famous after my trip and did not look into it any further. It was not until a couple of years ago, when the Tate in Liverpool organised an exhibition on the artist, that I revisited the subject matter. My visit to Liverpool had been entirely coincidental, so perhaps it was meant to be. Whilst admiring the shine and exultation of "Portrait of a Lady", I noticed a "no visitors under 18" sign at the far corner of the room. Intrigued, I went to explore further and was positively shocked. The room was full of erotic pencil drawings, the bluntness of them a harsh contrast to the soft golden paintings. It opened up a whole other side of the artist and as I did a little bit of research I discovered the controversy he had to face for most of his life as a result of it. Image and video hosting by TinyPic I was fascinated by the bluntness of Klimt and how he had interacted with society at the time. It inspired me a great deal, as there was clearly more to him than the shiny "The Kiss", and that some sides of him were lesser known than others. The imagery left in my head after the visit clearly influenced "Cross the Sea", a song that features on my band Haunted Stereo's third EP. Inspired by the 1910s and 20s, and Julia Franck's "The Blind Side of Heart", it explores this idea of living different facades in a society that expects a more straightforward approach. Klimt, in my view, certainly fits into this as well and I am glad that I gave him another chance. Image and video hosting by TinyPic Anja is also offering her song, 'Ivory', free for download here Watch out tomorrow for a contribution from Phantom's leading lady, Elsie Martins.