Chris (Simpsons artist) is quite the character. The guy has been sharing his artworks online for about a decade now, and they've not only earned him over 1.5 million Facebook followers but were displayed in art galleries and landed him record label commissions as well.
Despite his massive success, Chris (Simpsons artist) remains a real mystery. We don't even know his last name. We do, however, know that his child-like naive start masks a wicked sense of humor and a sharp mind, that keeps poking fun at our way of life.
To find out more about Chris (Simpsons artist), I sent him a few questions. You know, the regular "How did you develop such a unique style?", "What do The Simpsons have to do with your art?", and so on.
"i am a artist and author from the uk in the united kingdom who makes drawings and stories about life and i have been having a draw since my mum birthed me out of her when i was a little boy," he told Bored Panda. Minus the greetings, that's the entire message.
Was it a mockery of cliche artist interviews in the media? An example of his continuous attempts to keep his identity a secret? I didn't know what to make of it, so I kept searching even though I didn't know what exactly I was looking for.
Every now and then, Chris (Simpsons artist) answers a (not so) random fan question in the comment sections under his posts. His stream-of-consciousness responses usually revolve around things like his favorite movie parts or the backstory behind his characters, like the one who turned themself into a dog. Now, one might argue that these exchanges don't really give us a better understanding of Chris (Simpsons artist) as a creative. But I would disagree.
"Man stands face to face with the irrational," Camus wrote in The Myth of Sisyphus. "He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world."
There might be a fundamental disharmony between our search for meaning in Chris (Simpsons artist)'s works and the meaninglessness of them. We face the incomprehensible every day, confused by the lack of meaning within our own lives, and we're constantly trying to find it. Maybe Chris (Simpsons artist)'s illustrations simply reflect that?
Granted, after messing around with online time machines such as the Internet Archive, I did manage to access some old interviews with Chris (Simpsons artist) where he talked about influences and whatnot. But I don't think they're relevant. If you want, go ahead, read them. But I believe it wouldn't change the way you view his works. They can already allow us to look at ourselves without sentiment, reminding us about our incoherent nature of being. We don't need more context.