The watercolor paintings of Alfred Steiner create familiar characters out of disparate objects. His piece “Clown (Krusty),” for example, realistically utilizes a salt shaker, banana, the head of critic Jerry Saltz, and much more. Elsewhere the artist creates his subjects out of genitalia.
Ohio based artist Alfred Steiner has an admittedly bizarre predilection for anatomical and fragmented parts since his childhood. His watercolor paintings of pop culture icons, logos, and cartoon characters use unseemly pieces to build an image. His work could be described as modern day Pop-Mannerism, a combination of Pop Art and Mannerist art, and brings to mind that of Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who painted imaginative faces made of fruits and other objects. However, Steiner credits more surprising and eclectic inspirations, such as the fantastic imagery of Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch and fictional characters like Homer Simpson.