‘Rick and Morty’ co-creator makes Sotheby’s debut

NEW YORK: Justin Roiland is best known as the co-creator of the animated series “Rick and Morty,” and now as a painter. The American artist’s work will come to the auction market for the first time today as part of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Online Sale.

After revolutionising the world of adult animation, Roiland will see “mypeoplefriend” go up for auction. This acrylic painting on canvas represents a horde of grotesque characters with bulging eyes and sharp fangs.

While this style is reminiscent of the animated series that made him famous, Sotheby’s compares it to “Jean Dubuffet’s boisterous compositions from the 1960s”.

“As his artwork’s title suggests, Roiland compresses visual information, blurting it out in a single word,” reads the artwork’s catalogue entry. “In this way, his composition becomes a kind of dream world, where there is no respect for visual or spatial logic.”

“mypeoplefriend” is estimated to fetch US$15,000 (RM64,000) to US$20,000 (RM85,000). Bids for the piece have already exceeded these amounts, reaching US$28,000.

This is not the first time art collectors have shown interest in Roiland’s creations. In January, the artist raised US$1.65 million for the homeless in Los Angeles through the sale of his first NFT collection.

Bids on Justin Roiland’s ‘mypeoplefriend’ have exceeded expectations to reach nearly RM120,000. (Sotheby’s pic)

As well as being for a good cause, the initiative also allowed him to “test the boundaries of crypto-art”, he explained on Twitter.

“What makes something valuable? The art? The artist? The process? The state of mind while created? The intention of the piece?” he wrote.

The answer just might be revealed when bidding on “mypeoplefriend” ends July 21.


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