real art for a fictitious world.


well, hello there don draper – aren’t you handsome! would i like to buy some art for your office walls, and then go out for a drink with you? oh yes, yes i would!

first things first, don draper (the dashing leading character from mad men) is an ad man, so i think he might appreciate these:


this gorgeous, 1960’s-esque/found image work by american artist chad kouri might just be the portfolio of sterling cooper draper pryce in collage form! cigarettes, coffee, vodka – check! ok, so it’s time to get down to work, and the first thing every ad man needs in order to get the creative juices flowing:


i love these boozie paintings, by california based artist kai samuels davis. the color palette is gorgeous, the glasses and bottles are perfect, and there is so much rich texture in every piece. i think any, or all, of these would be amazing above don draper’s bar … that is in his office, because who doesn’t have a full bar in their office? alright, the next vice for any successful advertising exec:


i know smoking is bad for you, but doesn’t don draper make it look super sexy? granted he could make most things look sexy. anywho, i digress. these smoky collages (complete with vintage women, children, and men) by richard vergez are fantastic! if i had to choose just one for don, it would be the man in the suit. a kindred spirit, perhaps.

now, if i know my client, like i think i do, he’ll love these:


hm, given my client’s love of all things blonde, brunette, and red head, i think we’ll take one of each, please. these gorgeous, wobbly, sexy, pin-up paintings are the work of nathan ritterpusch. perfect subject matter, perfect era. love!

so, all of these choices will work for donald draper – if this was in fact donald draper:


*spoiler alert*  don draper might not be exactly who he claims to be, which is why i’d be tempted to show him these paintings by french artist carole bremaud. images of a handsome man in a suit, with less than a clear identity? yep, these pieces might resonate with him. just a hunch.

i can’t wait to show you next week’s choices – i’ll be “buying art” for a man who loves the open sea. until then ~ danielle (aka the jealous curator)

20 Responses to “real art for a fictitious world.”
  1. Carly says:

    I’ve been loving this series so much! So spot on. Can’t wait to see what Danielle has in store for next week.

  2. this may be my favorite of your posts yet. i love the art, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s covered with pictures of the ever so handsome don draper…le sigh….

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  3. Melanie says:

    Oh, Don….sigh…he is dreamy…

  4. Amanda says:

    I love that vintage 60s look. I think I was born in the wrong decade! Oh and then there is Don Draper. swoon.

  5. My goodness these are so good!

  6. Ha, so glad I discovered this series! Totally fun idea, and I love those Nathan Ritterpusch paintings…

  7. Maggie says:

    This is so fantastic! It doesn’t hurt that it’s Don Draper. My secret crush, don’t tell my husband.
    By the way, I am loving this series. Keep them coming Victoria and Danielle!

  8. Genius.. perfect choices and such an original concept!

  9. Lana says:

    Totally agree! It is a humorous and light as well….despite the dark paintings:) Love this idea!

  10. thanks so much everyone! i can’t wait for you to see next week’s… so funny! : )

  11. Cuss says:

    Brilliant! You’ve really captured the spirit of the show.

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