From presidents to CEOs, many great men have been immortalized in portrait, although most aren’t featured next to a friendly orange robot and a leprechaun wielding a coping saw, so who really cares? See your heroes in stranger, trippier glory, thanks to Mr. Hooper Art.
A self-trained, Nashville-born artist who got into painting after a stint as a cartoonist didn't rake in the billions, Mr. Hooper
somehow keeps his store open on Sesame Street despite never really selling anything to anybody creates surrealist "visual narratives" featuring vivid scenes of nature and popular "historical figures, icons, and outsiders". You can snag "Top Hat and Record Player", painted on a wooden box and featuring a Mad Hatter-esque Abe Lincoln standing in a field near a bike and a turntable, or musical figures including Johnny Cash camping just outside a city, Gram Parsons playing guitar for animals lakeside, and "Elvis in the Grass", which shows him holding a ray gun, because a Ray knife just gets Buckhead shut down for a couple years. There's also some extra-wack wildlife stuff, like "St Arnold or the Trickster Diety" (a fox dressed as a monk sharing a pitcher of beer with a teddy bear), and human-eyed bunnies in scenes like "Isolation" on a desert island, and near a pond in "The enemy of my enemy is my friend", airtight logic that somehow proves Ross is a loser.
Hooper's also into robots, hand-painting them on vintage postcards and archival prints, whose comic book panel backgrounds offer speech bubble-cloud statements like "Great Googly Moogly!", a phrase coined by Frank Zappa, a man who himself immortalized two of the greatest things of them all: T*tties & Beer.