I recently discovered Justin Richel’s fanciful artwork at Spring in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

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Justin’s prints, made from his original gouache paintings, poke fun at stuffy bewigged historical men. You can see more of his Big Wig series here and another series that toys around with the almost sacrosanct image of old Abe here. (Not to mention a rather, ahem, risque historical portrait here.)

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Justin may be an iconoclast, but he is serious about his craft: he studied icon painting at the Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunk, Maine in 2004.

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Justin has exhibited all over the States and in Europe. But, lucky for us, he is a firm believer in keeping some of his art accessible. Check out his etsy store for incredibly well-priced prints. And his other etsy store for his series of “talking paintings”.