The Muse on 8th has a new exhibit consisting of mostly acrylic portraits, celebrities, and even tomatoes. The artist behind these works is Chris Bonno, award winning LA artist and comedian with a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Texas in Austin.
Chris is a Los Angeles based artist. He has been drawing portraits since he was a kid, but, in the last 5 to 10 years has been consistent in his outpour of work. Influenced by Picasso, Egon Sheile, Jack Kirby and others, Chris has completed portraits of such celebrities, developing his own style. Such celebrity portraits include Lucille Ball, Conan O’ Brien, Peter Dinklage, David Lynch, Kelly Anne Conway, and even Robin Williams laughing on a talk show with Jesus.
As a comedian, Chris has performed standup routines in Chicago, New York, Vegas, Canada, and Los Angeles. Now, he’s mixed his love of humor with his love for art.
“I knew I had an opportunity to paint whatever I wanted for this show and could’ve gone in a number of directions...” Chris noticed photos of vegetables on his phone and even tomatoes. His friend suggested he paint a whole show of tomatoes. “I liked that idea. Then when I was up late painting, more ideas came to me of what the next tomato painting would be and thankfully, my mind kept trying to amuse me with images. The ones I did in the show especially “Superhero Tomato is Mad At Breakfast” and “Tomato on the Range” were jokes my brain showed me and made me laugh aloud in my little home studio. I couldn’t wait to get started on them and see them finished.”
An addition to many of Chris’s art exhibit, The Muse on 8th is excited to host some new pieces. In addition to exhibits, Chris’s work is also owned by celebrity clients such as Cheryl Hines, Laraine Newman, Hal Sparks, Bill Prady, Johnny Hardwick, Rick Overton, ZackWard and Peter Byck.
This exhibit will be on display at The Muse on 8th until March 31st. Contact for the artist is at [email protected]