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This Artist Combines Funny Titles With His Bird Paintings, And You’ll Be Surprised How Relatable They Are

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Matt Adrian is perhaps best known as the man behind ‘MincingMockingbird’, a humorous collection of fun and delightful art for your home and life. The reoccurring theme of his work is birds, a subject the artist captures in lush acrylics, with tones of the paintings varying from cute to strange and sinister. However, the key aspect of Adrian’s work is not the detailed feathers or subtle body brushstrokes, but the genius juxtaposition of pieces and their titles. As Matt Adrian himself explains, the titles put together with his work are meant to compare “the purity of nature with the banality of modern human existence”.

Based in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California, Matt Adrian has created many pieces dedicated to birds, ranging from the daily, almost mundane ones we see, to their more exotic and colorful cousins. Throughout the years, he has published a number of books, each focusing on a different series of bird art.

Creeping from the corner of the canvas, or standing bold stretched across the paintings, the many feathered subjects naturally draw attention, whereas the titles add personality and shift our pre-existing idea of the piece.

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THE DREADFULLY DELIGHTFUL EXISTENCE OF SEMI-SPECTRAL THINGS

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DEFIANTLY EFFERVESCENT IN THE FACE OF THE SIXTH EXTINCTION

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MOM DRAGGING ME TO HER TOPLESS MAID APPOINTMENTS AFFORDED ME A FASCINATING GLIMPSE INTO THE WORLD OF MOPES AND SH*THEELS

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A FINANCIALLY UNSTABLE MESS, BUT AT THE LIQUOR STORE THEY CALL ME MA’AM

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STRESS EATING AS SELF-EXPRESSION

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A SUDDEN POINT OF CONVERGENCE

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THE BOY DETECTIVE WHO GAVE UP SOLVING NEIGHBORHOOD CASES TO SIT AND PLAY VIDEO GAMES IN A CLOUD OF HIS OWN STINK

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IT HAD SEEMED SUCH INNOCENT PLEASURE

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COUP DE GRACE AS A PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE

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FAIRY STORIES AND LEGENDARY TALES TOLD IN THE DARKEST OF DYSTOPIAN NIGHTS, ON THE SHORE OF A RISING SEA

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HAD I BUT HANDS TO PUT ABOUT YOUR THROAT

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KEEN-BRAINED AND PATIENT

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PROLONGING REVENGE THROUGH REINCARNATION

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I WILL PUT YOU DOWN AS A SOFT MAYBE

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IF YOU CLONE ME, MY FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS WILL BE TO KILL YOU ALL

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THE EXHIBITION OF UNNATURAL INSTINCTS AMIDST THE DEATH THROES OF DEMOCRACY

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PURIFYING ANGEL OF THE DECOMPOSING CARCASS

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WHEN I WAS INVITED BACK TO HIS PLACE, I THOUGHT IT WAS FOR MORE THAN A TOUR OF HIS FOR-PROFIT FERRET HOSPICE

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CHASING THAT HALLUCINOGENIC HIGH UNIQUE TO EXPIRED MEXICAN INSECTICIDES

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I TOLD HER NOT TO WORRY ABOUT MONEY, THAT WE WOULD MAKE IT SOMEHOW, BUT IF SHE EXPECTED ME TO TAKE A SACK LUNCH TO WORK IT WAS OVER, GODDAMMIT

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MIXING A SEANCE WITH CHARADES SEEMED LIKE A FUN IDEA BUT OH CHRIST WHAT HAVE WE DONE?

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SOVEREIGNTY BESTOWED BY A SUBLIME AND ANCIENT PROCESS

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STARTING TO RETHINK MY WELL-INTENTIONED EFFORT TO STRIKE UP A CULTURAL CONVERSATION WITH THE CAPS LOCK CROWD

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HIGH, WIDE AND HANDSOME

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WITNESS TO MELANCHOLY SPECTACLES IN THE LAND OF THE RISE OF MAN

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EXISTENCE TASTES SWEETEST BETWEEN THE HAMMER AND THE ANVIL

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GRANDPA USED TO WHIP QUARTERS AT ME AND SCREAM “PULL THEM OUT OF YOUR EAR YOURSELF”

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BENEATH MY SKETCHY AND STILTED NARRATIVE IS A LONGING FOR LONELINESS

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IN THE BEGINNING, WE CALLED IT LOVE

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MOMENTS WHEN MY GAZE GOES VACANT

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THEY SAY YOU SHOULD NEVER MEET YOUR HEROES, YET HERE I AM AT HALF PAST FOUR IN THE MORNING, HOLDING A TASER AND ZIP TIE HANDCUFFS

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AN UNEXPECTED AND EXTREMELY HEATED ARGUMENT WITH HER AMAZON ECHO REGARDING FLUSHABLE WET WIPES HAD LEFT HER SHAKEN AND UNNERVED

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WRITING NOVELS SOLELY FOR THE DEDICATION PAGE DRAMA

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OVERDRESSED AND UNDERAPPRECIATED

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BEING DIGESTED WITHIN TOOTHED WHALES IS FOR SUCKERS

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INAPPROPRIATE AND UNSETTLING STORIES FOR THE SWIFT SILENCING OF A PRECOCIOUS CHILD

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THE 56-ACRE NO-KILL SANCTUARY FOR OPRAH’S EX-ASSISTANTS

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TRICKERY AND DARK MAGIC

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I OFTEN FALL PREY TO THE POPULAR FALLACY KNOWN AS POSITIVE THINKING

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I HAVE HEARD MY PRAISES SUNG IN SCREAMS

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INSTRUMENTS OF DEFENSE AND ATTACK

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IN THE LEAF LITTER, SOMETHING TRIES TO HIDE ITS OWN HEARTBEAT

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THE DE-EXTINCTION MUSEUM OF BIOLOGICAL RESURRECTION

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JAYWALKER ON THE STREET, DIAGONAL SLEEPER IN THE SHEETS

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SHE NEVER LOOKED LOVELIER THAN WHEN STUMBLING UP TO A LATE NIGHT DRIVE THRU AND STARTING AN ALTERCATION

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SHE DRUNKENLY APPROACHED ME IN A BAR, ASKED IF I WOULD “DO HER A RUDENESS”—AND YOUR MOTHER AND I HAVE BEEN TOGETHER EVER SINCE

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OH MY GOD DAMN

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TENDING THE WEEDS IN A WATERY GARDEN

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THREATS AND VIOLENCE

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HERO WAS PERHAPS TOO STRONG A WORD, BUT I HAD BORNE THE BRUNT OF A DITCHWEED BLUNT

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THE FACT THAT SOMETIMES MEAT GETS CAUGHT IN THE GEARS OF THE GRAND MACHINERY WAS A SMALL CONSOLATION

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I ASSUMED BETTING ON UNDERGROUND AMISH BUGGY RACES WOULD BE HARMLESS ENOUGH, BUT I HIT A LOSING STREAK AND NOW I’M IN DEEP WITH THE CHINBEARDS

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DAKOTA HAS RECENTLY PROCLAIMED THAT SHE IS A REINCARNATED 15TH CENTURY SERIAL KILLER, SO I’M CANCELING ALL SCHEDULED PLAYDATES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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