Robert Deyber

Visual play on formulaic language from artist Robert Deyber. A sample:


Guess the caption…

Ahhh: Cock Tease. (He’s also done a Cock Sucker painting, but I haven’t found a good image of it.)

About Deyber, from Wikipedia:

Robert Deyber (born August 1955 in Greenwich, Connecticut) is an American artist most known for literal visual portrayals of cliches, euphemisms and idioms from the English and other languages. The San Francisco Examiner in 2009 described him as a “pop surrealist” whose style “has appeal for new as well as experienced collectors.”

His work relates to that of Thomas Cole and Frederic Church of the Hudson River School, surrealists like Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, naive painter Henri Rousseau, the colorists Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall, and Andy Warhol.

Deyber paints his own scenes from the prose that peppers the English lexicon. His works range from literal translations of fanciful sayings to kitschy depictions of everyday terminology.

He’s published two collections of his works: A Language All His Own (2008) and Figures of Speech (2014). Information (and plenty of examples) on his website.

Three more:


An easy one: Fork U.




And a bit more challenging one: My Ass is on the Line.

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