Brilliant Artist Creates Hilarious Van Gogh Parodies

I am super excited about this post. When I started this website, I had an ideal for what kind of posts I wanted: clever, hilarious, fantastic art. And that’s exactly what we’re delivering today.

Steve Hicks created this brilliant series of parody portraits of Vincent Van Gogh. I’m especially proud to say that this is the man who taught me how to draw from observation. We used the classic art education book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brainas our class text. We did a ton of fun exercises in that Introduction drawing class.

Some of the exercises included:

  • Copying a line drawing, but it was upside down. The work we copied was a portrait, but we had to copy it upside down. It’s sort of a way to unwire the idea of “I’m drawing an eye right now, this is what it should look like.” and actually drawing the shapes we see, not the icon your brain remembers as an eye.
  • Drawing a spiky plant sitting on a stool, but only drawing an outline of it, not the actual plant itself. It’s a way to consider how the edges of an object give it much of it’s identity as a form.
  • Blind Contour Drawing. He challenged us to draw our hand, while not looking at the paper. It’s a way to learn to trust your motorskills as an artist. I found that even though my drawing looked nothing like a hand, there were very distinct fingernails on that sheet.

This series is currently on display at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The exhibition is open through October 25, 2015.

 Steve Hicks.

With Apologies, Vincent.

Cisco Van Gogh. Based on self portrait, Spring 1889.
Cisco Van Gogh. Based on self portrait, Spring 1889.
Okie Van Gogh. Based on self portrait 1889-1890.
Okie Van Gogh. Based on self portrait 1889-1890.
Bass Pro Van Gogh. Based on self portrait dedicated to Gauguin, 1888.
Bass Pro Van Gogh. Based on self portrait dedicated to Gauguin, 1888.
Afro Van Gogh Based on self portrait, Spring 1887
Afro Van Gogh. Based on self portrait, Spring 1887
Ho-Ho Van Gogh. Based on self portrait, 1889-1890.
Ho-Ho Van Gogh. Based on self portrait, 1889-1890.
Van Gogh Going. Based on self portrait, 1889.
Van Gogh Going. Based on self portrait, 1889.
Mickey Van Gogh. Based on self portrait without a beard, 1889.
Mickey Van Gogh. Based on self portrait without a beard, 1889.
Arapaho Van Gogh. Based on self portrait in front of an easel,  1888 (With apologies to Vincent and LIttle Bird)
Arapaho Van Gogh. Based on self portrait in front of an easel, 1888 (With apologies to Vincent and Little Bird)
Navajo Van Gogh. Based on self portrait with bandaged ear, 1889.
Navajo Van Gogh. Based on self portrait with bandaged ear, 1889.
Van Gogh Splat. Based on self portrait, 1887.
Van Gogh Splat. Based on self portrait, 1887.
Van Gogh Pokes. Based on self portrait with a bandaged ear, 1889.
Van Gogh Pokes. Based on self portrait with a bandaged ear, 1889.
Yo Ho Van Gogh. Based on self portrait with a straw hat, 1887.
Yo Ho Van Gogh. Based on self portrait with a straw hat, 1887.

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