About four years ago (2007), I first saw images of tin robots from the 1950’s being used and sold as stock photos. Part of my work as a web designer included trolling through stock photo websites for images that best represented a business, service or product. I loved the idea of using tin robots for a web design, and kept the idea in one of my Moleskine notebooks. In late 2007, I began to search for fine art that most appealed to me. It was then that I discovered a world of toy robot paintings. And it had been in full swing since the year 2000. In particular, or perhaps most famously,Â Eric Joyner, and many other artists in the pop surrealism world.
By 2008, I had written down the idea to paint a robot squirrel. I am now catching up. Shortly before Christmas 2010, I started Robot Squirrel. I know “lots of people are doing it now”, but I still wanted to do my version to get it out of my system. I’ve combined the imagery I used in designing the marketing materials for Star Global (spaceship and space background). This painting is in progress (5).