The lives and deaths of great artists & designers

It is not always the case that great artists live lives filled with drama, but many of them have. Below are three great artists and designers who had interesting lives.

Salvador Dali

It was said that Salvador Dali became so famous that if you simply drew a sketch of his distinctive moustache on an envelope, it would reach him. Dali lived between 1904 and 1989 and his life was marked by great art (The Persistence of Memory is one of his most famous works), love for his muse and wife Gala, and meetings with famous figures such as Sigmund Freud. Dali died of heart failure in hospital.

William Morris

William Morris (1834-96) was the founded of the Arts and Crafts movement and during his lifetime, he designed some of the most sumptuous textiles the world has ever seen and devoted himself to socialist activism as well as to writing poetry and translating the poems of others. He suffered from numerous health conditions, including gout and epilepsy, and by the time he died he was a total invalid.

Alexander McQueen

Famous for his emblematic skull patterned scarves, the fashion designer was taken from us far too young in 2010 at the age of just 40. McQueen will always be remembered as one of the greats of the fashion world and he was part of many landmark fashion events such as being the first designer to use Indian models in a catwalk show in London. Right at the heart of high society in the fashion world, McQueen was one of the bright lights of the capital's party scene.

Preparing for death

No matter what our profession, it is crucial to be well prepared for death. Making a will and pre paying for a funeral will ensure that when the time comes for our funeral, our loved ones are not hit by unexpected costs. Funeral costs can include the cost of the service itself, purchasing a burial plot and a headstone or an urn for ashes, paying for the official registration of the death and also 'discretionary' costs such as flowers or wake catering. If all of these costs seem to much to manage as part of a large lump sum, you can always look into a funeral payment plan. These plans enable you to pay for your funeral in smaller, monthly installments over a period of time that best suits your needs.