The Giant Floating Tomato by Chris Bonno

The Giant Floating Tomato When Editor-in-chief Janice Bremec Blum asked Chis Bonno what advice he would give to aspiring artists, without flinching, he stated, “Get out of your own way!” He feels that everyone has their own, private and personal relationship with art and it shouldn’t be marred by the critical voices in our head. Borrowing from the title of Danielle Krysa’s Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk, Bonno takes it one step further, “Your inner critic is an asshole!” He says poignantly but with a grin. However, he is adamant in his loathe of the phrase, That’s good enough. “It’s bullshit! That’s the criticRead More →

BonnoArt Super Tomato is Mad at Breakfast

As an Actor and Voice-over talent Chris Bonno moved to LA he earned guest and co-star roles on various sitcoms including “Mad About You”, The Drew Cary Show”, “Married with Children”, “Malcom and Eddie” and “Just Shoot Me”, to name a few. He’s also a working voiceover actor whose credits include 14 or so characters on the hit video game Dying Light”, the games Skate 1 and 2,  the cartoons “Curious George” and  “Mike Lu and Og” and animated ad campaigns for Red Bull and Spike TV. As a film actor, he appeared in the award winning Showtime feature “Charlie Valentine” and is currently aRead More →

Boris Karloff as Mummy by Chris Bonno

Chris’s work has also been featured in television shows such as Caroline in the City, Talk Soup and Gilmore Girls. His development as an artist has paralleled his work as an improviser, actor and comedian. With the art work being ongoing, his career as a performer has consisted of numerous appearances on tv shows and films as well as years, featuring as a standing up comedian in clubs in New York, Vegas, Chicago, Austin, Los Angeles and Canada. Read More →

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Here’s a review of Chris Bonno from our last visit…
1. He paints upside down (painting the bottom first and switching back and forth for shapes, colors and depth).
2. He is a painter, comedian, and actor with numerous appearances on tv shows, films, and tv commercials.
3. Though he was the class clown in grade school, he received a fine arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin with honors.Read More →

Chris Bonno photo by Dan Dion

The week began with Sexy Coco Conan. It progressed with Tomato on the Range as well as delectable Une Paire De Poires (that’s french for pair of Pears). Who doesn’t love Vincent Price; and the Eye of the Agamatto is a treasure indeed. Steve Martin from the Jerk poster was highlighted to emphasize Chris’ many techniques and finally, the revisit of a classic, The Apartment. Need we say more. What a week!Read More →

The Jewish Origins of Superman (New York Newsday)

Joe’s style is whimsical and has been seen in such magazines as Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Forbes, The Village Voice, Fantagraphics Press, Disney and countless others. For ten years he illustrated the nationally syndicated column, “Joe Bob’s America” for The New York Times Syndicate and as a cartoonist he created and distributed two comic strips throughout the US and Canada.Read More →

The Apartment by Chris Bonno

He wanted a moment from the final sequence of the Apartment where (spoiler alert) Jack Lemmon’s character finally expresses his love for Shirley MacClaine’s character and the only way we know how she feels about him, is by her facial expression as well as how she takes the cards from him.Read More →

This is a recent piece I did of Steve Martin from the poster for the Jerk, for an old friend. It is a perfect example of the extreme jump from one form of painting to another. On the one hand, the end goal of a detailed likeness (and doing a good job of it) to the freedom of creating shapes and using color without that particular pressure, just the joy of it AND the goal to do a good job of it (still considering the formal issues of the aesthetics of abstracts from what little I know of art history). I’m still informally a student of it.Read More →

"Eye of Agamatto" by Chris Bonno inspired by Marvel's Dr. Strange

To make the abstract (which is around 24″ x 36″), my rule of thumb is to do my best to make the colors and shapes somehow “fit” organically without giving in to the desire to make the shapes and forms “representational,” I inevitably will see things that resemble objects or familiar images. Some of those I may allow to stay in the final depending on how they work together with the rest of the piece.Read More →

Vincent Price by Chris Bonno

Chris Bonno’s development as an artist has paralleled his work as an improviser, actor and comedian. With the art work being ongoing, his career as a performer has consisted of numerous appearances on tv shows and films as well as years featuring as a standing up comedian in clubs in New York, Vegas, Chicago, Austin, Los Angeles and Canada.Read More →

A pair of Pears by Chris Bonno

Playing with shapes and colors, Bonno chuckles when he explains to Janice Bremec Blum that he loves the “f…k it factor.” Basically, that means going mad in his own world and giving himself permission to be loose. That freeing spirit is found in all of Bonno’s work. “I don’t leave a painting until I believe in it” he says, “until it impresses me.”Read More →

The Giant Floating Tomato by Chris Bonno

I would be up late, take a break from painting and then brainstorm. Situations for tomatoes, odd places you might not find them, personifying events with tomatoes… what painting would be next?

Then an idea would make me laugh and I would suss it out to see if I thought it was a strong laugh… then run inside, sketch and plan it out or paint it.Read More →

Today, Chris Bonno is an award winning Los Angeles artist and comedian who received his Fine Arts Degree from the University of Texas at Austin with honors. He started out as an illustrator with work shown in publications such as Austin Chronicle, National Lampoon, The WGA magazine, The L. A. Weekly with regular exhibits in galleries in Texas and California.Read More →

Chris Bonno and Lucy

Playing with shapes and colors, Bonno chuckles when he explains that he loves the “f…k it factor.” Basically, that means going mad in his own world and giving himself permission to be loose. That freeing spirit is found in all of Bonno’s work. “I don’t leave a painting until I believe in it” he says, “until it impresses me.”

When I asked Bonno what advice he would give for aspiring artists, without flinching he stated, “Get out of your own way!” He feels that everyone has their own, private and personal relationship with art and it shouldn’t be marred by the critical voices in our head.Read More →