Sunday, April 08, 2012

MAKING A MARK: Mike Mitchell's 'Just Like Us' Exhibition Charactertures The Best In Cool

Twice a week, Making A Mark gives an insanely talented artist some IADW brag-space. Today goes to Mike Mitchell. Now while the exhibitions of Gallery 1988 are no stranger to IADW, Mike's current display Just Like Us takes icons from all walks of life, be it political, pulp-fictional or animated, and mixes them up with a humorous and slightly Ren and Stimpy twist. Just watch;

Part of the humour of each piece comes from a childhood innocence Mike manages to inject into his art, that characterises or parodies the character at hand while still giving them a sense of respect. Clean and straightforward, it's this respect that drives the image's 'lol-factor' forward even harder.

Homer Simpson skipping, Magneto covered in fridge magnets, Captain America, She-ra and more all fall under Mike's mighty pen. A Los Angles artist whose "pals" by contrast include the realistic stylings of Adi Granov, Mike's Just Like Us display in Melrose, runs until April 28.

 What do you think?  Sound off below in the comments section or click here for more great Making A Markists. To see more of the Just Like Us exhibition click here or to visit Mike's own website jump over here.

6 comments:

  1. Instantly loving the art of this Mr. Mike Michell Dan! You're right, he his art really does look like it dropped in fresh from Ren and Stimpy circa 1992-94. Love it! You must showcase more.

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  2. So funny!
    I'm all for Spidey's request!
    And poor Captain Planet LOL!

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  3. Crying over litter is pretty simple enough of an idea huh Aliera, but not only does it summarise the character just like Pete's does, like you say they are hilarious!

    Dale, it was so hard picking just 5, i think I,ll add another to the side bar for you soon! Dont gorget to click the link too!

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  4. Crying over litter is pretty simple enough of an idea huh Aliera, but not only does it summarise the character just like Pete's does, like you say they are hilarious!

    Dale, it was so hard picking just 5, i think I,ll add another to the side bar for you soon! Dont gorget to click the link too!

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  5. I was looking at his stuff and about fell out of my chair laughing at the Robocop eating donuts. I'd buy that for a dollar! (But I can't, cause he's not selling it for that)

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  6. I know damn it all Random, otherwise I might have needed a few friends to force me to stop hitting 'buy now' - like an intervention or something. There are just that many good ones.

    God's made me laugh the most though, although that three seconds probably sealed my afterlife! ;D

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