Parody wall art is not how we imagine 17th century Dutch artist Michel Jansz van Miereveld envisioned his oil on canvas painting of Sir John Borlase from 1625 being used but Graphic Artist Kirin Young who is one of our more prominent exponents of tongue in cheek art has given it a twist. The Tongue collection takes traditional pre 18th century portraits and keeps their grand formal aesthetic but injects some fun by the simple use of poking the tongue out. Man with Tongue Out 1 shows Sir John Borlase, General of the Ordnance and Governor of Ireland, sitting for a stern and sober portrait. The sobriety of the background further emphasises this but all this seriousness and temperance is quickly diminished by the tongue.
Kirin Young is a graphic designer and artist based in Bangkok, Thailand.
He says the best thing about his job “Working on jobs that are never the same, seeing and collecting new ideas and inspiring thoughts from working with a variety of personalities. The feeling when the job is done is the best feeling in the world, a sense of satisfaction and pride. Getting to be creative, it makes me happy to be able to make art”
We asked Kirin, if you had a quote, proverb or a mantra printed on your shirt what would it say?
"THE THINGS THAT MAKE ME DIFFERENT ARE THE THINGS THAT MAKE ME ME." PIGLET (FROM WINNIE THE POOH) Kirin Young
Kirin works on lots of projects with Mineheart and is one of our most loved partners. To get inspired, he travels extensively, going to new places and seeing new things, old things and all sorts of different things, cultures, experiences and art. When working Kirin utilises photography, considering all sorts of things, lighting, angles and shadows combined with some photo editing to create a believable and fun image.
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