Michael Griesgraber's parody series started auspiciously-by mistake.
When his copy of a Vermeer painting was placed on display at his local Starbucks it was accidentally sold so he replaced it with another this time adding in his favorite Starbucks breakfast. But when that sold just as quickly Griesgraber realized he'd stumbled onto something big.
Encouraged by the painting's positive reception Griesgraber continued the joke producing dozens of parodies that sold out within days. By then he'd picked up momentum incorporating not just Starbucks imagery but outside objects ideas and even other paintings to make his statements.
At times wry often witty and always insightful The Art of Parody is a highly engaging look at an artist's process of honoring past paintings while twisting the results in surprising sometimes shocking ways. You'll never look at a Starbucks the same way again!
Michael Griesgraber was born in St. Paul Minnesota. Aside from his art his career included stints as a Navy photographer a graphic designer at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis a BBDO ad agency account exec and an advertising and marketing director for some of the world's most decorated tech companies.
Michael's parodies are only one aspect of his work. Now a full-time artist living in Las Vegas Nevada Griesgraber and his original paintings have come to the attention of art collectors critics and curators including Lauren Hickson of New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Beth Saunders Curatorial Assistant. His work is on display in Las Vegas and in over one hundred private collections in the US Canada and England.