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Marianne Gretteberg Engedal’s Deceptive Illustrations of ‘Men With Plants’

Oslo-based artist Marianne Gretteberg Engedal, also known as “Skinkeape,” crafts illustrations that often focus on humorously proportioned men and houseplants. The artist’s muted palettes push the surrealism of each work even further, as well as her tendency to allow erased lines to become part of the final product. The works are deceptive in their simplicity, the artist’s knack for texture and framing surfacing through the humor of each scene.


Oslo-based artist Marianne Gretteberg Engedal, also known as “Skinkeape,” crafts illustrations that often focus on humorously proportioned men and houseplants. The artist’s muted palettes push the surrealism of each work even further, as well as her tendency to allow erased lines to become part of the final product. The works are deceptive in their simplicity, the artist’s knack for texture and framing surfacing through the humor of each scene.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXvZqrag5xV/?taken-by=skinkeape

“On a boring day in 2015, I randomly drew some men hanging out with their plants, and to this day I haven’t been able to stop drawing these guys,” she said, simply, in a statement for a show at Ó! Galeria in Portugal last year.

The artist is a graduate of Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Norway. See some of her past illustrations, a hint of her evolution, below.

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