A series of politically-charged portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump and his inner circle have been appearing on the streets of Los Angeles.
The works, usually seen plastered onto walls and bus stops, are the brainchild of acclaimed guerrilla street poster artist Robbie Conal and depict everyone from Trump himself to key members of his cabinet and his most senior advisors, always in an unflattering light and with a biting caption of political commentary.
With the U.S. ready to go to the polls on Nov. 6, Conal brought his street portraits together for an exhibition entitled “Cabinet of Horrors” at downtown LA’s Track 16 gallery.
“I thought well the election is coming up, let’s have a show of all of them and call it the cabinet of horrors,” said Conal, 74, who was born in New York City and now lives along the central California coast.
Aside from Trump, who in one portrait is depicted in a Russian military hat, Conal also takes aim in this current series at everyone from Vice President Mike Pence to former advisor Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway who is depicted with a Pinocchio nose.
Conal has previously lampooned Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Supreme Court justices and even Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama.
Conal’s art is normally put up around cities under the cover of darkness to evade authorities.
“It’s supposed to be in a place where it is not supposed to be and to kind of surprise people and tickle them when they are on their way to work or whatever they’re doing in their daily lives into thinking about these people who I think have abused their power and our name,” he explains.
“Robbie Conal’s Cabinet of Horrors” runs until December 8, 2018. — Reuters