French street artist OakOak is definitely a favorite here on the Met, and over the years we’ve enjoyed his clever additions to the urban environment. He turns small landscape imperfections – stuff that most of us might miss – into playful works of art. Suddenly, we know why a railing is bent or there’s a crack in the pavement. One of OakOak’s paintings made it that way! His small, brightly-colored works often feature characters in popular culture and bring a smile to your face.
OakOak’s newest piece was recently installed in his hometown of Saint Etienne in France. It’s a Simpsons-themed painting featuring Homer Simpson lounging on his back with a pile of donuts on his belly. While a delightful sight, the work sadly comes right after the death of Sam Simon, the co-creator of The Simpsons. He died on March 8, 2015 after battling colon cancer, and it’s as if the artist’s creation is an homage.
In years past, OakOak has also produced other pieces related to The Simpsons, including Moe the bartender and Sideshow Bob (behind bars, of course). Check out them, as well as more of his fantastic work, below.