Wonderfully Weird Paintings of Creepy Kids

Erik Mark Sandberg is inspired by "the increasingly uncomfortable expressions of today’s elementary school photos."

LA-based artist Erik Mark Sandberg’s paintings of creepy, hairy children look like characters from Charles Burns’ Black Hole series. They are monstrous but innocent, creepy yet sweet; teenagers look cool in Black Flag tees despite their deformed faces. We first learned about Sandberg’s feral kiddies on The Jealous Curator, which references a Beautiful/Decay interview Sandberg did about the inspiration behind his paintings: “The complex effects of contemporary pop culture on children . . . the increasingly uncomfortable expressions of today’s elementary school photos . . . news reports claiming traces of Rogaine, Viagra and other various pharmaceuticals found in tap water.” Welcome to the future.

Youth with Floral Collared Sweater 20" x 16" inches oil, acrylic, and resin on panel 2011

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