I don’t know how I stumbled upon Brandon Bird’s work, but I am very thankful that I did. As you can tell by the above painting and the title, Bird is whipping up some fantastically witty paintings colliding pop culture with pop culture, which yields some insane results.
Bird’s pieces are created with oil on canvas and inspire all sorts of whimsy. There’s a fairly easy formula to decipher his work: take one celebrity or pop culture character, add in a somewhat normal situation (that usually has some sort of pop culture tinge to it as well), and paint it against an almost neon backdrop or “normal world.” The result? Uncanny Valley, starring Nicolas Cage and his now iconic snow monkey mother! I Am The Night, starring a little boy dressed in one of those 1970s Halloween costumes as Philip Seymour Hoffman as Phil Parma in Magnolia. And so on and so forth.
Pop culture work usually traipse fairly difficult ground, as they can sometimes be too silly to take seriously. His work, though, is just too much fun and remarkably well crafted and conceived. His pieces are caricature while also being parody while also being art, something that is sometimes not accomplished by his peers.
The Los Angeles based artist recently co-curated the sensational and virally active JP Show, which totally makes sense because–well–have you seen his work? If not, take a peek around his website as there are tons more fun work to see.