Casey Wheldon

Casey Weldon's freak factory

Casey Weldon's freak factory

Ok yeah, Casey Weldon’s paintings tend to veer dangerously close to territory long-conquered by Mark Ryden, a style that has influenced, nay dominated, hordes of Art Center alums (Ryden’s alma mater) ever since he graduated in the late 80s. Weldon graduated from Art Center in 2004, almost 20 years later, and it seems that Ryden is still a heavy presence on campus. If you can get past the portraits of the genre’s trademark dark, doe-eyed sylphs, Weldon’s work offers a lot of humor, like “As All Murrary,” a series of six portraits of the cast of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS as Bill Murray. (For more of Weldon’s Murrary/Wes Anderson obsession, see his website).