Sergeant Pepper meets Nikola Tesla


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Everybody loves mash-ups and crossovers. Hell, it's slash fiction that brought us 50 Shades of Grey.

But for something a little more inventive, and far more skillful, look no further than local artist Joe Bonomo's newest painting series that mixes steampunk with the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Bonomo, who has shown at the Hayden Hays Gallery, and the Modbo, only recently started experimenting with steampunk styles after focusing mostly on figurative and landscape work.

Now Bonomo wants to mix the Peter Max psychedelia with the Victorian-meets-Wild West vibe of steampunk. According to the press release ,he says, “The style of these paintings could be interpreted as Sergeant Pepper meets Nikola Tesla."

He's starting now with a series of "character sketches" to develop his ideas and serve as a teaser for paintings that will depict "the lives and stories of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Bonomo doesn't have a set date for the finished versions, but he is currently showing at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, and will attend the opening this Saturday.

In the meantime, here are some of his sketches:

Sergeant Pepper, Joe Bonomo
  • Joe Bonomo
  • Sergeant Pepper

Mr. Kite, Joe Bonomo
  • Joe Bonomo
  • Mr. Kite

Lovely Rita, Joe Bonomo
  • Joe Bonomo
  • Lovely Rita


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