Very few shows in the history of television have had a fan base as huge and devoted as Seinfeld. The final episode was 15 years ago, but right now someone somewhere is quoting Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, George, and the Soup Nazi like it's 1998. From Seinfeld-themed T-shirts, to Jay Shells' Seinfeld poster installations, the cultural impact that "The Show About Nothing" has is still being felt today and it will probably continue for the next 15 years.
Brooklyn-based artist Morgan Blair is clearly a huge fan of the show and has spent countless hours creating this Seinfeld art series. Blair paints and sketches some of the show's most hilarious and memorable moments, locations, and characters on panels and paper. The pieces are incredible and will definitely make you want to break out those DVDs to binge-watch a few seasons.
We spoke to the artist about why she started the series, her process, and how people could get their hands on her work:
"I started painting these Seinfelds partly as a way to shake loose from my usual, tight way of making abstract images, partly because I thought it would be funny to make serious-looking oil paintings of a television show, and partly as a way to covertly unleash my hardcore fan obsession."
"My process involves watching episodes of Seinfeld on my computer with my fingers poised to take screenshots at key moments, specifically when characters are covering their faces, at close-ups on plot device objects (a hand holding a business card, an eclair in the trash, etc) or any kind of situation that looks like a painting to me. Then I just go into each one trying to stay free, without really rendering them into blatant fan-art type images. Ultimately, I want the screenshots to serve as compositional jumping off points for more abstract studies, but sometimes they turn into more devoted representations of the characters. It takes a lot of restraint for me to reach an unrestrained state while painting. But, even when I manage to hold back from tightening and rendering the details, usually the basic shapes of the characters' iconic hair gives away the Seinfeld-ness. A lot of fellow Seinfeld devotees have come out of the woodwork and been really enthused about the paintings - I've sold about twenty so far. Now I'm gearing up to make another bunch of them, more greasy and abstract hopefully. Just in time for Festivus."
To check out the rest of the series and more awesome art from Morgan Blair, head to her website here.