Painting has been considered high art. Thinking about paintings, one usually imagines big museums filled with thousands of exhibits and tourists sympathetic to art. Probably the vast majority of people find paintings very expensive and made for rich people or the elite to understand and enjoy. However, Travis Chapman might change your mind about this form of art because his artworks offer funny approaches to famous images borrowed from pop culture.

Travis is known for his meme acrylic paintings that went viral after the artist posted a video showcasing them on TikTok. His artworks feature cultural milestones with a funny twist. Have you ever wondered what Vincent van Gogh would look like skating or baby Yoda learning how to ride a bike? Then you came to the right place, because Travis' paintings capture comical situations of famous characters and more!

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Why?
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1 week ago

Looks like fast food tonight.

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Travis has been painting for 15 years. He started painting with his daughter when she was very young and just never stopped. "I always liked to draw, and I have experimented with wood carving, sculpture, but I first started painting with my daughter's watercolors when she was very young. And I had so much fun I just kept going. I played around with oils but eventually settled on acrylic paints which I use every day."

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Ms.M.
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1 week ago

Hungry Hungry D!ckos

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Melissa Morse Tolentino-Potter
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1 week ago

The funny thing is that this is slightly accurate. The heads on Easter Island actually have bodies under the dirt.

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After being asked if there's a character that inspires him more than others, the artist didn't exclude a singular character, but he admitted that Vincent van Gogh has a big impact on him. He also added that he has painted a wild variety of subjects.

Travis shared that he never took himself too seriously: "whenever I would make a painting I would always have something in it to ruin it, if there was a seagull in a painting I would make him smoke a cigarette or something like that." Eventually, the artist leaned into that humorous style and played around with juxtapositions combining two opposite things. The humor seems to be a way to distinguish himself from people that were just technical masters at painting. "It seems more fun to me if it is absurd but also painted well, like a cartoonist that is trying too hard. Finding ideas that haven’t been painted before, you have to get pretty weird with it."

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Vicky Z
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1 week ago

I knew it

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Ms.M.
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1 week ago

Freddy Krueger could be added, for extra fun

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Travis never studied art officially, but he has practiced a lot. "I try and create art that amuses me, and hopefully it will make people laugh and smile."

The artist shared that he likes to use pop culture references because they are relatable to many people and they are nostalgic for him personally. "Pop culture characters come with their own backstory and then I can add something to that."

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Shreeky
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1 week ago

Figures it's Plankton that's been behind the whole FB/Meta crap. There was no Mark Zuckerberg..... It's damn Plankton 😱😱

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Vicky Z
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1 week ago

More hands for more cocktails!!!

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Talking about influences, Travis mentioned that there are people who inspire him humor-wise, like Dave Larson. "I like that everything is in one frame." As painting influences he named Bob Ross and Jerry Yarnell as well as Vincent Van Gogh and Banksy.

The artist usually comes up with ideas as he plays with words, making things super literal, or he takes one subject and tries to think of the most unlikely situation. "Usually it’s something I want to paint, and then I figure out what would make it funny. Once I get started I can add fun things to the image as it develops little details in the background."

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Ms.M.
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1 week ago

Vans Gogh

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Why?
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1 week ago

"Do or do not. There is no try."

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Travis' favorite part of the creative process is when an image is coming together: "it feels like I created something, especially if I like the looks of it and if it makes me laugh, that’s always a good sign. The most difficult part is to tell a story or get my point across in a single image. Many times I want to add too much stuff and it just clogs it up. Taking an idea in your head and making it into a two-dimensional image can be very challenging."

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Vicky Z
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1 week ago

Fun fact: he is not the actor with the more cursing in movies! He is only third and the first one is Jonah Hill with 376 curses in movies!

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Space whale
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1 week ago

This painting is sponsored by bud light

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Vicky Z
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1 week ago

If you see him just pray

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BusLady
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1 week ago

Little known fact: he invented this device.

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Vicky Z
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1 week ago

That balloon is more scary than the one on IT

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Alvin Chip
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1 week ago

somthing's off

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Shreeky
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1 week ago

Hey! I'm the GREAT Cornholio, I need TP for the Bunghole... TP for the bunghole

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Bacony Cakes
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1 week ago

Mr. Gorbachev, assemble!

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BusLady
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1 week ago

I hate this J O B. I'd rather be painting.

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Bacony Cakes
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1 week ago

Fact: Canonically, Kermit caused 9/11, directly or not.

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JJPOMPEO
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1 week ago

It was already a funny?

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Octavi
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1 week ago

so true ):

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Shreeky
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1 week ago

Reminds me of Slater minus the fannipack tho

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Vicky Z
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1 week ago

I prefer to unsee that

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Vicky Z
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1 week ago

Damn you Rose

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Vicky Z
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1 week ago

No!!!! You will have rust!! You need oil for robots

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Rajnish Dadarwal
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1 week ago

Lmao!

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BusLady
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1 week ago

I knew Bigfoot was Chewbacca all along.

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Sandi Craw
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1 week ago

That's a lot of blow!

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Vicky Z
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1 week ago

When you snif almost anything

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Vicky Z
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1 week ago

He decided to wear shoes and won't fit?

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BusLady
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1 week ago

Early selfie.

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Marianne Putnam
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1 week ago

Sharkuterie boatd

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Shreeky
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1 week ago

Nuuuuuuu bad skeletor, get off of the throne! I.... Shreeky, Professor Nohearts niece deserves that throne. Not you or any of your so called He-man villains gets that throne. BEASTLY! Go get my uncle while I claim this throne from one of the he-man's villain rejects... *Maw haha*

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JJPOMPEO
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1 week ago

?

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Ben Meroff
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1 week ago

Leonardo DiCATrio

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Catherine Binder
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6 days ago

Everyone knows C3PO is a gay android.

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Edward Kowalski
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1 week ago

The Star Trek shaped tables are an interesting non sequitur.

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BusLady
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1 week ago

Dang it, why don't these things have color?

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Cory Kent
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2 days ago

Who's this supposed to be exactly?

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Nicole Sundquist
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6 days ago

Dude!!!!

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SilentBob731
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1 week ago

Illegal head kick in 3,2,1...

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mcborge1
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1 week ago

Mandelorean.

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Shreeky
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1 week ago

Hey Einstein quit being an Einstein for once and have fun

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SilentBob731
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1 week ago

Poe-nnywise?

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MR Thisbetterstick
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6 days ago

No. Sooooo wrong.

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Bacony Cakes
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1 week ago

Hawaii Simulator 2017 looks cool.

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Russ Kincade
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1 week ago

Look at Vincent's van go!

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Pa4040
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1 week ago

That river's been Damme'd

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BusLady
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1 week ago

Poe-lice.

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Bart Schatteman
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1 week ago

'ITness'

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Marigen Beltran
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6 days ago

Is that Ed from 90 day fiance?

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Edward Kowalski
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1 week ago

Shaq shaking Shake Shack!

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FailBunny17
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6 days ago

"I saw it on my last meal and thought I'd try it out, what'd ya think? "

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JJPOMPEO
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1 week ago

The great laboski?

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Maja Lange
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1 week ago

I don't get it, but I really like the colours and the composition.

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Draga Millani
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5 days ago

lassGogh

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Justin Go
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1 week ago

Phil-ant-thow-pee?

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