Förby from the IKEA series (2002)

Forby, © 2002 by J. Thomson All rights reserved

Förby was a cheap little plastic stool that sold for probably around $5 at IKEA. I never had one, but I knew plenty of people that did! I liked the Sputnik-like quality of this drawing, but I never made a painting based on it. This print is available in the gift shop.

Kontra (Espresso Express), from the IKEA series (2002)

Espresso Express, © 2002 J. Thomson All rights reserved

Espresso Express is a small encaustic and collage painting I made to benefit a local charity auction. It was the only painting in the auction that sold for more than double its value. It is based on the sketch Kontra, which was IKEA’s knockoff of the famous Bialetti stovetop espresso maker. (Note the Classic OS scroll bar— that was before MacOS X!) Available in the gift shop.

Kontra (from the IKEA series), © 2002 by J. Thomson All rights reserved