Childhood leaves you with many things, like a fear of the dark, an immunity to chicken pox, and a lifelong struggle to rehabilitate a body ravaged by cooties. Causing him to create art reminding you of yours, Mike Capp.
This Everett-based former stand up comic combines a painterly approach to composition, with a sly pop-culture sensibility via primary-colored still lifes and portraiture featuring subjects inspired by his childhood (superheros, monsters, robots), and even lets his children start some of his paintings, which explains why, if you look very closely, the superheroes, monsters, and robots all look like candy. Star Wars artiness includes a Fruits, Vegetable & Darth still life with the former sitting atop the latter's overturned helmet; the googly-eyed Catman portrait of Chewbacca wearing a Batman & Robin style mask; one called Starchild, which boasts the wizened Jedi master Yoda with a KISS-inspired red star around one eye because ermmm, rock and roll all night, I wanna. Other pieces range from abstract (the ghostly Toy Skeleton against a vibrant color-splotched background, the cave-painting-ish Skelebunny), to genre-bending numbers like Max, which features Johnny Cash as the Where the Wild Things Are character, and for teenage fantasists a green-cleavage heavy She Hulk modeled on Masumi Max, who, like Lou Ferrigno, is no stranger to artificial swelling.
Because boys like girls almost as much as superheros, MC's got a handful of modernist (female) nudes, as well as one-off toys/sculptures like a paint-dripped Skull Candle Holder, and a ghost-emblazoned lime-green Darth Vader Helmet, which could leave Darth with the realization he's gone to the Snark side.