02/25/2013 02:02 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Pop Art and the Kitsch Aesthetic of Mitch O'Connell (PHOTOS)


Pop surrealist Mitch O'Connell's over-the-top, kitschy aesthetic has garnered him shows in fine art galleries on several continents and wall space in tattoo parlors the world over. His grand ambition was to be a full-time comic book artist, but the head honchos of the graphic novel world didn't return his ardor. Fortunately, the worlds of advertising and editorial work beckoned, earning O'Connell commissions in such publications as the New York Times, Playboy, and Newsweek.

Now the Chicago-based lowbrow luminary presents a career retrospective in coffee table book form, the humbly titled Mitch O'Connell, the World's Best Artist by Mitch O'Connell. This vibrant, mood-elevating volume from Last Gasp Publishing features nearly 300 pages chockablock with tattoo designs, schoolbook doodles, gallery pieces, film festival and rock show posters, Ramones merchandise packaging, and illustrations originally unveiled in the New Yorker and Rolling Stone.

Images from Mitch O'Connell, the World's Best Artist