Bijijoo’s paintings result from process-driven experimentation with painting media and automatic drawing, using traditional and digital techniques. He builds mixed media layers to amplify interplays of light, color, and texture. Images are conjured from chaos, in a process akin to divination. The forms that take shape trend toward human and animal: grotesque exaggerations of life, monstrous cartoons. Unplanned narratives emerge through these interactions, reflecting struggle, celebration, and vanitas. The results depict experiences, interactions, and movements frozen in a personal space and time.
Bijijoo (given name: Michael Todd Horne; nickname: B) was born in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) in 1975 and has lived in New York City; Seattle, Washington; and Eugene, Oregon. B currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.
B has been painting and drawing since childhood. He has experimented with figurative, abstract and conceptual work in a variety of media, including writing, music and video. B diverged from art practice to pursue technical studies in mathematics, physics, computer science and chemistry, culminating in a Ph.D. in biophysics (2008). He then returned to painting by creating several series of surrealist works, including The Presidential Ham, Celebrity Still Life, and The Arthropod Companion. After pausing to remodel an old house and become a father, he began resetting his painting practice in 2018. B’s current work draws on his technical background in math, science and computer programming, as well as his young daughter's imagination and love of monsters.
June 2020: Showhouse JayJay #2 (online), curated by Sasha Bogojev, Heidi Ukkonen & Ralf Kokke.
April 2020: Showhouse JayJay (online), curated by Heidi Ukkonen & Ralf Kokke.
March 2020: Everything but the Kitschen Sync (group show), La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Sept. 2013: Unnatural Histories II (group show), Antler Gallery, Portland, OR.
June 2013: Bugs, Holes, Heads, and How-tos (solo show), Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR.
Nov. 2012: DO SOMETHING (group show), AFRU Gallery, Portland, OR.
Nov. 2012: Bunko the Clown in Send in the Clowns (group show), Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR.
Oct. 2012: Still Life with Bob Ross in Happy Little Trees, Bob Ross Tribute Art Show (group show), Screaming Sky Gallery, Portland, OR.
June 2012: Maija and the Mantis in June Bugs (group show), Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR.
Feb. 2012: The 100 Show (group show), Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, OR.
Oct. 2011: The Celebrity Still Life (solo show), Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR.
July 2011: Leonid Brezhnev in Underpants (group show), Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR.
April 2011: The Bathing Clown in Life Underwater (group show), Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR.
Feb. 2011: The Presidential Ham (solo show), The Basil Hallward Gallery, Portland, OR.
"The painted inside out world of @bijijoo is strange, cartoon-y, and intestinal-y, or perhaps more like a sugar-crashing herniated eye ball. It all depends what you had for breakfast." - Hi-Fructose Magazine (IG), July 2020
15 Portraits of Presidents with Ham, Salon.com, Nov. 10, 2010
A Man, A Plan, Some Hams: Bijijoo?, Paste Magazine, July 14, 2010
Cover of Meatpaper, Issue 17 (Spring 2012)
Cover of the Portland Mercury, Vol. 12 No. 37
Cover of the Portland Mercury, Vol. 12 No. 8