Bijijoo is an artist with a tech background using traditional + digital methods
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, vanitas. Narratives emerge through these interactions, reflecting struggle, celebration, and introspection. The results depict experiences, interactions, and movements frozen in a personal space and time.
Bijijoo (given name: Michael Todd Horne; preferred 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 (an archive of B’s music from 1993-2017 can be found here). B diverged from art practice to pursue technical studies in mathematics, physics, computer science and chemistry, culminating in a Ph.D. in biophysics in 2008 (select scientific publications can be found here). 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.
B has a day job working at Nike at the interface of digital design & innovation and intellectual property.
Ph.D., Chemistry (Biophysics), Portland State University (2008)
Mathematics Graduate Studies, University of Washington (2000-2002)
Bachelor’s degree, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Hunter College (CCNY) (2000)
Dec. 2020 – Jan. 2021: AGW Continuing (group show), Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Nov. 2020: Amsterdam Art Gallery Weekend, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Oct. 2020: Online Exhibition #4, Top Top, curated by Meredith Rosen.
Oct. 2020: LIMBO, Act II (group show), Everday Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
Sept. 2020: LIMBO (group show), Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
Aug. 2020: Salt & Vinegar (group show), La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
June 2020: Hot Paper supporting ACLU & Showhouse JayJay x Hot Paper, GIFC (online).
April 2020: Bijijoo – Monster, La Luz De Jesus Gallery (online), Los Angeles, CA.
March 2020: Everything but the Kitschen Sync (group show), La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Aug. 2019: Check Your Swoosh: Best Day Ever (group show), Gallery 135, Portland, OR.
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.
Feb. 2013: BNight of the Hunter (group show), Antler Gallery, Portland, OR.
Nov. 2012: DO SOMETHING (group show), AFRU Gallery, Portland, OR.
Nov. 2012: Send in the Clowns (group show), Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR.
Oct. 2012: Happy Little Trees, Bob Ross Tribute Art Show (group show), Screaming Sky Gallery, Portland, OR.
June 2012: June Bugs (group show), Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR.
April 2012: The Anthropod Companion (solo show), Antler 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: Underpants (group show), Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR.
April 2011: 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
The Art Out There, David Carmack Lewis, March 20, 2013
Concept Art Writing Prompt: Sitting at the Bar with a Giant Praying Mantis, io9, Oct. 27, 2012
Santorum neologism gains prominence during US election cycle, Wikinews, Feb. 7, 2012
Still Life With Rick Santorum, Dan Savage, Jan. 11, 2012
Miyamoto’s, Where You Know Everybody’s Name, Kotaku, July 14, 2011
Hail to the Presidential Ham, Willamette Week, Feb. 2, 2011
15 Portraits of Presidents with Ham, Salon.com, Nov. 10, 2010
The Presidential Ham, OddityCentral, July 25, 2010
A Man, A Plan, Some Hams: Bijijoo?, Paste Magazine, July 14, 2010