• famous artists are revered to such an extent that an encounter with their work is devoid of all critical opinion

  • it's important for good art to be expensive 

  • remove opinion and the artwork becomes empty

  • societal flocking kills unique thought


Mocking Birds is an audacious and controversial statement piece with influences of Graffiti ideas and Fine Art execution. The artwork was designed to deride two ideals that are prominent in the art world, that good art must be expensive and that famous artists deserve less judgement because of their status. The use of the word ‘Monet’ in the work is a double entendre of ‘money’ and the famous artist ‘Claude Monet’, this allows for both messages to mock each other as the viewer is left wondering what the true interpretation is. In the art there are five anthropomorphized birds, four are staring acceptingly at a blank artwork in a luxurious golden frame while the fifth tags the wall in a protest towards the art world. The figures are mostly male however a single female stands viewing the frame and is the only one who appears to have an opinion on it, all the men simply stare at the piece, accepting that for what it is; removing all need for conscious thought. To finalise this artwork, the framing is, in fact, the same frame from the painting so that those people viewing the artwork are ironically forming their own identical picture, mocking the artwork as it symbiotically mocks them.


  • collect ideas and clarify a theme

  • sketch rough plans for each piece

  • photo edit detailed designs

  • create brick texture on the board

  • trace design onto the background

  • finely paint the work in bold oil colour