Toronto illustrator Brandon Celi is keen to use a visual metaphor or a bit of clever wit in his work. By combining unlike things into hilarious mash-ups, the illustrations are visual comedy. The surge protector taking the place of a bike lock makes us grin. The lint roller as a rolling pin makes us grimace, and then snicker.
His imperfect renderings have an endearing charm. These works are the opposite of photorealistic; they delight in the evidence of the hand painted. The flat color fields combined with the artist’s humor create a unique artistic vision.