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10 Bizarre Portraits of Ellen DeGeneres

This is what a wall of Ellen portraits looks like
This is what a wall of Ellen portraits looks like

Pop art will never die, so long as bizarre celebrity obsessions keep it fresh, fun and, y'know, weird. So what's with Ellen? How many renditions of her mug do you think you can handle in one gallery opening?

This weekend at the Terrell Moore Gallery, artist Renda Writer assembled his second annual birthday tribute to Ellen DeGeneres, with exactly 67 portraits of Ms. DeGeneres (that's, um, her age...plus 13 extra for shits and giggles). Fortunately, Mr. Writer's idée fixe on the syndicated talk show host comes with some solid altruism: A portion of all the proceeds from the evening's take and the paintings' sales went to the Trevor Project, an L.A.-based crisis-intervention organization for LGBT youth.

On to the paintings:

10 Bizarre Portraits of Ellen DeGeneres

10. Caricature.

Just like you'd get on the Venice Boardwalk ... but better ... and with a bigger nose. By Lori Pratico.

10 Bizarre Portraits of Ellen DeGeneres

9. Zombie Ellen? Or Just a Negative?

Ellen as laughing Medusa? Or is she a cackling zombie? Hey guys, I set my hair on fire! We like this one because there's just so much going on here ... artistically. By Marvel

10 Bizarre Portraits of Ellen DeGeneres

8. Thrashin' Ellen

Just try explaining this one to your skater brahs -- they'll totally understand. Ellen dances and she's got, uh, skater shoes on sometimes ... with a pantsuit? Radical. By Muzzy Jones

10 Bizarre Portraits of Ellen DeGeneres

7. Ellen's Got a Gun.

... on a tote. This will be perfect for showing off your Ellen obsession when you run into her and Portia at the Hollywood Farmers Market. By Shon Browning

10 Bizarre Portraits of Ellen DeGeneres

6. Abstract Ellen

It's like, all album cover-y and stuff. These eyes ... these eyes have seen a lot of Ellen and they're never gonna see another Ellen ... ugh. You get the idea. By Octavio Guzman

 

10 Bizarre Portraits of Ellen DeGeneres

5. Finding Ellen? Sure.

This one ... hrm. OK, fine, just keep swimmin' Ellen, or whatever ... in your top hat and tails ... underwater. By Ellen Citarrella

10 Bizarre Portraits of Ellen DeGeneres

4. Ellen as Some Sort of Caricature Troll

That gremlin is dressed like Ellen! Kill. It. With. Fire. Sculpture by Kimmie Lovin.

10 Bizarre Portraits of Ellen DeGeneres

3. Raccoon Make-up Artist

Yup. Raccoons are the new LOL Cats. Feel it. Seriously, though, we think there's some inside joke we're missing here. Can someone help us out? Kthnx. By Leen Isabel

 

10 Bizarre Portraits of Ellen DeGeneres

2. The Birth of Ellen

That's exactly how it happened: Ellen came floating into our lives on a scallop shell. Just like that Botticcelli guy painted that naked lady that one time. Painting by Matt Mattox

10 Bizarre Portraits of Ellen DeGeneres

1. Norman Rockwell vs. Norma Cockwell

Sorry, Norman, this is the new Americana. Get with it -- it's Ellen and Portia, not Dolores and Eddie. Portrait by Shelly J. Cox.

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