"I paint monsters."
September 20, 2019 8:10 AM   Subscribe

WeFail paints British politicians like Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg in a style recalling both Ralph Steadman's Paranoids and the savage portraits of Francis Bacon. Sometimes he turns his attention to other monsters of the modern age, such as Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh. His banknotes are particularly good, I think, and also I like his Tarot cards.
posted by Paul Slade (8 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
posted by Reyturner at 8:12 AM on September 20, 2019

Not going to lie, very disappointed that this turns out not to be a post about criminally underrated YouTube channel Paint By Monster.
posted by belarius at 8:25 AM on September 20, 2019

Damn. These are appropriately haunting. I kinda want to...send him money but not buy any? I love the work--the Kavanaugh one strikes me especially hard--but my easily spooked ass ain't trying to walk past Farage's visage on it's best day, much less the more unraveled version seen here.
posted by youarenothere at 10:06 AM on September 20, 2019 [2 favorites]

Very good stuff. Also reminds me a bit of the original art in the Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark series.
posted by lazaruslong at 12:06 PM on September 20, 2019

lazaruslong, I thought so too!
posted by youarenothere at 2:20 PM on September 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

Reminds me of the trading cards Bill Sienkiewicz did back in the 80’s.
posted by Eikonaut at 2:20 PM on September 20, 2019

Eikonaut: I thought of those Sienkiewicz trading cards too. I've got a set of them somewhere which I never did get round to framing up.

Since starting this thread, I've discovered that this week's edition of London's Big Issue magazine has a new Ralph Steadman caricature of Boris Johnson on its cover. You can see the image & watch a time-lapse video of Steadman making it here.
posted by Paul Slade at 3:22 PM on September 20, 2019

Woah. I had to look at those very quickly because I kind of couldn't bear to do anything else. The "Eat the Poor" banknote, the Boris Johnson, and the Brett Kavanaugh are probably the ones I would want least to have to look at for long. Well done.
posted by arcticwoman at 7:43 PM on September 22, 2019

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