Art gallery sculpture cartoon

Art gallery sculpture cartoon

Sculpture displayed in an art gallery – cartoon.

The cartoon shows a row of busts displayed in an art gallery or museum.
The busts all rest on plinths, as is conventional. However, one of the plinths has feet below it as well as a head above it.

Cartoon drawn: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art074
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A rehang in an art gallery – cartoon

Rehang in an art gallery cartoon

A rehang in an art gallery.

The cartoon shows workers in an art gallery hanging an exhibition.
There are many masterpieces of art leaning against the gallery walls waiting to be hung.
The workers are having their tea break.
They are using one of the priceless paintings as a table.

Original version drawn: 2011
This version: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art072
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Rorschach inkblot test – art cartoon

Rorschach inkblot test art cartoon

Contemporary art composed of Rorschach tests.

The cartoon shows three images of the same Rorschach inkblot test image displayed on an art gallery wall. Each image is given a different title based on different possibilities of what the inkblot suggests.

The cartoon is partly about the multiple interpretations that can be made of works of contemporary art.

First version drawn: 2017
This version: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art070
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The self-absorbed artist – cartoon

Contemporary art cartoon

A self-absorbed artist and his long suffering wife or partner.

The conflict between the urge to be a creative artist and domestic duties.

In the cartoon an artist is in his studio creating massive colour field paintings. His wife or partner is complaining that he really ought to get round to painting the kitchen.
Part of the joke is that applying paint to a colour field painting is not dissimilar to applying paint to kitchen walls, yet he chooses to only work on the paintings.
Artists can sometimes be perceived as being very selfish self-absorbed individuals who’s work takes priority over all other things, including domestic chores and household duties.

First version drawn: 2012
This version: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art068
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Understanding contemporary art cartoon

Understanding contemporary art cartoon

Understanding contemporary art cartoon

A cartoon showing a piece of contemporary art on an art gallery wall.
It is a text piece, that reads If you think you understand it you don’t understand it.
A man looking at the artwork is saying “Of course I understand it.”

The cartoon is partly about the cliche of the over-confident man who thinks that he knows everything (especially when he’s talking to a woman). It’s also about the related subject of people posturing in their knowledge and understanding about contemporary art.
The artwork on the gallery wall is a form of conundrum or paradox.
Contemporary art often defies easy analysis because it’s beyond the normal parameters of experience. Sometimes it’s accused of deliberate and pretentious obfuscation.

Cartoon drawn: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art067
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Art gallery cartoon – mood music

Art gallery cartoon – mood music

Mood music in an art gallery.

Visitors to an art gallery commenting on the installation of speakers that provide mood music for a painting.

Cartoon drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art065
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Art gallery merchandise cartoon – Kazimir Malevich black square

Malovich black square cartoon

Kazimir Malevich cartoon – black square jigsaw puzzle.

A cartoon about art merchandising – the sort of novelty item you can purchase in art gallery and museum gift shops.
Art galleries and museums generate quite a lot of much needed income through merchandising and gift shops (and cafés).
Here the merchandise is a jigsaw puzzle.
It is a jigsaw of Kazimir Malevich’s seminal work of modern art Black Square.
The joke is, of course, that a black square would make for an extremely difficult jigsaw puzzle – it’s bad enough doing the skies in relatively easy ones. So the jigsaw puzzle is in some ways a work of art in its own right.

This version: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art064
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Artist’s muse cartoon

Artist's muse cartoon

An artist and his muse.

A cartoon showing an artist taking a break from his creative process.
While he’s relaxing a small figure representing his muse wafts in from his studio. He tries to ignore it.

This is a cartoon about the way that the urge to create and the impulse to work can be a bit of a curse for people of a highly creative personality type. Their thought processes just never give the a break.
A cartoon about creativit and inspiration.

Cartoon first drawn: 2007
This version: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art066
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Looking at contemporary art cartoon – an optician’s eye test chart

Eye test chart as art cartoon

A contemporary artwork composed of an ophthalmologist’s eye test chart.

The cartoon shows visitors to an art gallery looking at a piece of contemporary artwork that takes the form of an optician’s eye test.
They are looking intensely at the artwork in order to try to ‘read’ it in an attempt to understand its meaning. The man is saying that he understands it up to a certain point, that point being where the letters on the eye chart become too small for him to read.
The cartoon is about how to look at art. The artwork could be titled Ways of Seeing.

This version: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art062
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Surrealism cartoon – Man Ray’s iron

Man Ray iron with nails cadeau cartoon

Modern art disrupts classical art – Man Ray’s Cadeau.

A cartoon illustrating the effect of modern art movements such as surrealism on traditional and classical art.
A man (possibly Man Ray) is slashing a traditional landscape oil painting using Man Ray’s surrealist sculpture Cadeau, a flat iron with a row of nails attached to it.

Original cartoon: 2007
This version: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art061
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Rene Magritte cartoon

Rene Magritte cartoon

Magritte cartoon – pastiche of Golconde.

A cartoon based on the Rene Magritte surrealist painting Golconde in which Magritte is painting a surreal image of raining men. The image seems to be imaginary, however in the cartoon Magritte can be seen to be painting the reality that is in front of him.
A cartoon about surrealism, realism, reality, imagination.

Concept: 2007
Drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art060
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Vermeer cartoon

Vermeer cartoon

Vermeer cartoon.

The cartoon shows Vermeer painting The Wine Glass.
He is painstakingly painting the tiles on the floor, and is thinking “I must get some plain Lino.”

Original version drawn: 2005
This version: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art053
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Art galleries for the Instagram generation – cartoon

Celebrity culture in art cartoon

An art gallery removing classical portraits to replace them with contemporary celebrity selfies.

This cartoon is about contemporary celebrity culture, and its possible impact on art galleries and museums.
In the cartoon the portraits of historically important figures are being removed in order to make way for selfies of social media celebrities of the Instagram generation.
Part of the concept behind the cartoon is the potential debasement of culture due to commercial pressures in order to attract a new audience, on the basis that larger audiences attract more funding or income for art establishments.

Drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art059
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Contemporary art – the primacy of the concept

Contemporary art cartoon – the primacy of the concept

Contemporary art cartoon – the primacy of concept over aesthetics and execution.

This cartoon is about the way that the contemporary art world sometimes regards the intellectual concept behind a work of art as being in some ways more important than the physical quality and aesthetics of the artwork. The work can sometimes only be appreciated if the concepts behind the work are understood.

Drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art058
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Jeff Koons cartoon – Balloon Dog

Jeff Koons cartoon

Jeff Koons cartoon.

The cartoon shows a Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog artwork.
The balloon dog has defecated on the art gallery floor, in the form of a balloon.
I first used this idea in a cartoon set in a surreal world of balloon people and balloon animals in 2009, later transferring the concept to the Jeff Koons sculpture.

Drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art057
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Contemporary art cartoon – market value

Contemporary art market cartoon

Accessing the market value of contemporary art.

The cartoon shows a contemporary art dealer assessing the value of an artwork.
He is saying that if it is priced too low it may reflect badly on the work, while a high price would make the work seem like a more desirable purchase for an art collector.

Drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art054
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Medieval religious art cartoon

medieval art cartoon

Medieval art in an art gallery.

The cartoon shows a visitor to an art gallery looking at an example of medieval religious art.
In the medieval era very few people were literate, resulting in images being very important for communicating religious doctrine.
The gallery visitor is feeling uneasy about the idea of appreciating art that was aimed at an audience of illiterates.
It is a cartoon about intellectual snobbery in the art world.

Cartoon drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art052
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Contemporary art humour – pretension and snobbery in the world of art

modern art humor

Pretension in the art world.

The cartoon shows a visitor to an art gallery giving the reasons why he likes a particular piece of contemporary artwork.
The main reason he likes it is because liking it makes him feel superior to people who don’t like it.
The artwork in the cartoon is a typical trope of a challenging piece of contemporary sculpture, in that it appears to be craftless, ugly and a bit revolting.
A cartoon about pretension, snobbery and elitism in the art world.

Cartoon drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art051
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Contemporary sculpture cartoon

modern sculpture cartoon

Flat pack art.

The cartoon shows a person constructing a piece of sculptural artwork from a flat-pack kit.
The sculpture is in the flatpack form of furniture and fittings available in stores such as Ikea.
The sculpture is labelled as an Ikea Skulptr, in homage to the unusual spelling (to English speakers at least) of Ikea products.

Part of the joke in the cartoon is the contrast between what is often seen as the elitist and high-brow (and expensive) world of contemporary art and the mass market (and cheap) consumerism of shops such as Ikea.
Cartoon drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art050
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High art and low art cartoon

high art low art cartoon

The difference between high art and low art.

Art is often categorised as being high art or low art. Different art forms move in and out of the two categories, and it’s sometimes difficult to tell which is which, or why.
Contemporary art is particularly difficult to categorise, some art forms are described as craft, which is usually a low form but not always. Cartoons are usually thought of as a relatively low artwork, if they’re thought of as art at all (which of course they are!).
The cartoon features the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (high art) and the Green Lady by Vladimir Tretchikoff (low art).
There’s a lot of elitism and snobbery in the art world.

Cartoon drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art049
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Taking photos in art galleries

Photography in art galleries cartoon

Cartoon about taking photos in art galleries

A cartoon showing the visitors to an art gallery all taking photographs of the art with their phones.

Original version drawn: 2018
This version drawn: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art003
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Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley chess art cartoon

A cartoon showing two chess pieces admiring a Bridget Riley painting.

The Bridget Riley painting resembles a chess board, hence the chess pieces identify with it.

The painting is in the black and white op art style that Riley employed in the 1960s when pop art was a major genre in the contemporary art world. I believe that Riley didn’t like being labelled a pop artist, so she probably didn’t like being labelled an op artist either.

Original cartoon drawn: 2012
This version: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art028
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Contemporary sculpture cartoon

Contemporary sculpture cartoon

A cartoon showing a contemporary sculpture.

The sculpture is titled Bogey Man.
It is composed of plaster, glue and bogeys.

The cartoon is about the way that some contemporary art is deliberately disgusting or repulsive.

Cartoon drawn: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art027
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A cartoon about creativity in art

Painting a landscape cartoon

A cartoon showing an artist painting out of doors.

A passer-by is saying ” But you’re just copying what’s right in front of you – isn’t that cheating?”

The idea behind the cartoon is that painting ‘what’s in front of you’ may be seen as not being very artistically creative, especially when artistic forms such as abstract art or conceptualism are dominant.

Cartoon drawn: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art026
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Regulations about the depiction of children in art

depiction of children in art cartoon

A cartoon about regulations about the depiction of images of children in art.

The cartoon shows an old oil painting of a child in an art gallery.
The painting has been restored and modified to comply with regulations concerning the depiction of minors.

The child’s face has been pixelated to comply with the rules.
In real life rules on the depiction of children apply to certain media (in which the faces may be blurred), but not to old oil paintings.

Cartoon drawn: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art024
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The art market – art as a financial investment cartoon

Modern art market cartoon

A cartoon about the investment in art.

The cartoon shows an investor studying the art market and buying and selling works of art on the basis of their financial value rather than their artistic value.

The caption reads: Sell Abstract Expressionism. Buy Concrete Conceptualism.
I made up the genre of concrete conceptualism, it being an oxymoron.

Cartoon drawn: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art022
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Art in the environment cartoon

Modern art in nature cartoon

A modern art sculpture set in a natural setting.

The cartoon shows a modern art sculpture, similar to the work of Barbara Hepworth or Henry Moore, set in the environment. A bird is nesting in the hole in the sculpture.

The sculpture is titled Art in Nature.
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Cartoon drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art021
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Art that children like – cartoon

Contemporary art and art for children cartoon

A cartoon about art that children like – such as paintings of ponies.

The cartoon shows a young girl visiting an art gallery and asking if there are any paintings of ponies.
The art gallery is a gallery of contemporary art, and thus contains little or no work that would appeal to children.

The cartoon is partly about the different purposes of art and the different audiences for art.

Cartoon drawn: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art019
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The emperor’s new clothes – contemporary art cartoon

Contemporary art - emperor's new clothes cartoon

The emperor’s new clothes – contemporary art cartoon.

The cartoon shows visitors to an art gallery admiring a contemporary work of ark that features a blank canvas.
The artwork is called the Emperor’s new clothes.
The visitors are admiring the detail in the work (even though there’s nothing there).

The cartoon is a comment on the way that people sometimes put on a front to appear to understand concepts and ideas in order to avoid being thought of as stupid or out of touch.

Original version drawn: 2006
This version drawn: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art018
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Understanding contemporary art – cartoon

Understanding contemporary art – cartoon

A cartoon about contemporary art that’s difficult to understand.

The cartoon features someone who pretends to understand a piece of contemporary art that has a deliberately obscure meaning, when in fact he doesn’t.

Cartoon drawn: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art029
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Salvador Dali surreal lobster telephone cartoon

Salvador Dali surreal lobster telephone cartoon

Surrealism cartoon – Salvador Dali lobster telephone and shrimp cell phone

Cartoon showing Salvador Dali’s surrealist telephone, along with a mobile phone that he may have imagined if they had existed then.

Original cartoon drawn: 2010
This version drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art013
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Entertainment in art galleries cartoon

Entertainment in an art gallery cartoon

A cartoon about the rise in entertainment-related installations in art galleries.

Over recent years I’ve visited various art galleries where some of the exhibits have resembled fun fair or playground structures.
Examples are the helter-skelter slides and swings that have been installed in Tate Modern at various times.
This cartoon features fun fair dodgems.

Cartoon drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art039
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Historical portrait painting cartoon – cutting it down in size

Portrait painting cartoon – cutting out the head

Portrait painting cartoon – cutting out the head.

The cartoon shows a portrait painting in a historic house, possibly a stately home.
The owner of the house and painting has cut the head out of the painting so that it fits neatly above the mantlepiece.

Cartoon drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art038
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Profound art and banal art – cartoon

Profound art and banal art – cartoon

Profound art and banal art – cartoon

Cartoon showing a painting of a vase of flowers (banal art) and a painting of a vase of dead flowers (profound art).

The painting of the dead flowers is judged as being profound because it alludes to death.
Original cartoon drawn: 2010
This version drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art012
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Artist’s self-portrait about mortality cartoon

Artist's self-portrait cartoon

Artist’s self-portrait cartoon

Cartoon showing an artist’s final self-portrait.

The self-portrait is the artist’s cremated ashes.
It’s an artwork about mortality.

Cartoon drawn: 2018

Cartoon reference number: art011
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Cubism cartoon

Modern art cartoon – cubism

Cubism cartoon.

A private view in a contemporary art gallery.
One of the quests is introduced as a cubist He’s a cube.

Cartoon drawn: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art036
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An artist’s vision cartoon

Artist painting the moon cartoon

Cartoon about artistic vision

A cartoon showing an artist creating a painting of something that is not actually visible with the unaided eye.

The cartoon shows one artist painting a landscape while another artist does a painting of the moon, which is a tiny detail in the landscape.
A cartoon about art, the moon, eyesight, vision, insight.
Original version drawn: 1998
This version drawn: 2019
Cartoon reference number: art009
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The etiquette of using a mobile phone in an art gallery

The etiquette of using a cell phone in an art gallery cartoon

A cartoon about the etiquette of using a cell phone in an art gallery.

The cartoon shows a visitor to an art gallery talking on a mobile phone in the gallery.

The cartoon is about the tensions that can occur in public spaces concerning the inconsiderate use of mobile phones, especially if the user speaks in a load voice and seems oblivious to their surroundings.
Art galleries are usually quiet spaces (although there are some schools of thought that think that they should be more lively (and therefore more accessible to people who feel intimidated by the reverence normally afforded to art).
The other visitors to the gallery are looking very disapproving.

Cartoon drawn: 2019

Cartoon reference number: art015
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