Innovative Dutch artist Stephan Brusche has come up with a completely unique medium through which to showcase his art: the banana. With a variety of designs and themes that are etched into the many different banana skins, as well as the actual fruit, the artist shows his creativity and artistic flair. He produces images that are recognizable, witty and clever. Ranging from some truly remarkable ink portrayals of animals, including boldly sketched elephants, intricately drawn giraffes and fish carved into the banana itself, to iconic images such as the bald and stark yellow cranium of Homer Simpson, the artwork of Brusche is delightfully intriguing.
An inherent part of the artist’s process is Brusche’s inspiration by the shape of the fruit, then contemplating the design of the doodle. In other instances, he thinks of a comical concept, drawing upon renowned iconic works like ‘The Kiss’ by Klimt, and then translates it into a unique artwork. Using a regular ballpoint pen, the artist draws his design onto the banana skin and uses a small kitchen knife to shape and craft the overall concept. Utilizing the effortless flow of the ink across the skin of the fruit, he draws the entire design all at once, rather than sketching a preliminary shape.
The intricate part of the craft can be found in the juxtaposition of the clever design and the background – among which cutting boards, shoe-boxes or even plastic bags are used. Each design is then uploaded to Instagram, where Brusche boasts over 18,000 followers. The artist also has a following on Facebook and Twitter, and is known for his creative doodles as well as his prints, books and t-shirts, which can be found at his website. His range of fun and innovative banana doodles should definitely be checked out.
You can find out more about Brusche’s work at his website: http://www.sb77.nl
By Sophia Francis