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Street Artist OakOak Pays Tribute to the Passing of Simpsons’ Co-Creator

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.

OakOak website
via [Street Art News]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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