I recently completed this large painting commissioned by a Chicago patron. Kritterland is an anthropomorphic spin on the famous Kiddieland amusement park sign which once stood in Melrose Park, Il.
This painting was right up my alley. I sketched some urban animals in the same poses as the children on the original sign. As with all my fauna, I was careful not to make them too cute. There’s a feral edge to all my animals. You can dress them up, but maybe don’t invite them inside!
I’m working on a street installation project with Flying Pony’s Andrew Horne. The finished design will be over 15 feet high and feature cut-out cartoon heads by Horne and myself. We’re unveiling the project, Bazaar Bizarre, at the Festival of South Asia along Gerrard Street in Toronto on August 23 and 24.
I drew nearly two dozen heads for us to choose from, including this suite of Canadian mammals that didn’t make the cut (we went with mostly imaginary beasts).
Anyone want to commission me to paint their children’s room or design their tattoos? I think this artwork has (ahem) legs.