NY-based creative SlumpyKev has attracted masses on social media for his hand-painted creations of 2000s-era cartoon characters. Now, the emerging artist is set to display his life-size sculptures, paintings, as well as repurposed Supreme x NY Post prints featuring beloved characters from Courage the Cowardly Dog; Ed, Edd n Eddy; and Japanese manga characters from One Piece. Accompanying the artworks is a series of hand-painted apparel and accessories ranging from $30 – $3,000 USD.
The pop-up art exhibition will be open to the public at Depop Space LA this February 15. For more unique creations, check out this week’s Best Art Drops.
Growing up, cartoons were a way for us to escape to a world of absurdity and imagination, a world that Kevin’s creations are bringing to life. Like most kids, Kevin grew up watching countless cartoons, from gems like Spongebob to the more underrated like Courage the Cowardly Dog. However, unlike most, this 18-year-old has turned an appreciation for his favorite childhood shows into an art form. Now a full-time artist, he’s bringing back the most iconic animated characters with his hand-painted cartoon clothing.
The NYC-based artist began making his creations just about a year ago. Wanting to rep his favorite cartoons on his clothes, but not being able to find the pieces anywhere, he was inspired to create them himself. Now, you can find him rocking his own Powerpuff Girls pants or chilling in the city with his best friend Plank (if you know, you know). Kevin’s creations have since caught the attention of celebs like XXXTentacion and Bloody Osiris, and even big time collaborators like Warner Bros. Kevin’s inherent playfulness allows him to bring animation to life through his work, and we can’t wait to see what he’ll create next.
We caught up with the NY native to chat about the cartoon character he relates to most, his dream collaboration, and what inspires him as an artist.