Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Real Pickles? Or Fake Pickles?

One of my favorite artists is Donald Roller Wilson. He paints beautiful pictures of weird things, like well-dressed chimps holding giant cigarettes, and cats wearing dresses while smoking. He also writes hilarious but totally deadpan descriptions to all his paintings. I recommend you read every last one of them.

Today I saw posted on Boing Boing an item about some cheap, weird paintings being offered on eBay, and lo-and-behold, they look a lot like Wilson paintings.

Of course, there's no way these are real, and the whole thing is incredibly shady, with the paintings most likely being painted by other people in China, but man. I am really tempted. I mean, how can I live without this painting in my life? I also wonder where fake paintings fall in Boing Boing's whole open copyright BS...

Edited to add: By the way, on that Boing Boing post, I was the one who orginally pointed out the Donald Roller Wilson connection. Just sayin'.


Jeff H. said...

I've seen a piece by Wilson in one of those galleries near Union Square...never knew the story behind it, though. At least this mini-controversy is drawing more attention to the guy and his work.

HMCraig said...

I saw the eBay copies, too. I think that if eBay was actually alluding to the artist by name or actual titles, it would help out Ron more. I had seen his work before, and forgot his I had to dig through the internet to find his work. Not too many people would do that.