Just because Laurie Hogin can render animals realistically, doesn’t mean she has to color them that way. After all, why look at boring old swamp-colored alligators when you can look at one that resembles a cherry slurpee? Hogin applies wacky hues to every animal she paints, producing purple and blue polka-dotted monkeys, eagles colored like the American flag and iguanas that look like patterns produced by kaleidoscopes. Fans of psychedelic artwork will truly find these creations groovy.
Don’t chalk these Laurie Hogin images up as art for art’s sake, however. Hogin explains that the animals within each painting are allegorical to things found within Western culture, and they’re colored in these vibrant and eclectic palettes to represent the fluorescent hues mainstream media uses to capture the public’s attention. A more in-depth analysis of Hogin’s work can be found on her personal website.