Ikea monkey

What do I have in common with Joey Essex? Yes, that, but also a love of monkeys. Do you remember Ikea monkey, the sartorially smart but bewildered looking chap who caused a stir in his car coat? His touching plight spawned a million internet memes, but did you know it has also become a subject for art?

Ikea monkey painting

I want this painting more than I can possibly express. Look at the wonderful colours. But then, while googling it, I also found this one, which I like just as much.

Ikea monkey

His face is so touching. Then there is this one, below, which is actually for sale. It’s by Lauren Kaelin, who actually deserves a post of her own. She paints internet memes. Her one of Hilary Clinton checking her blackberry is also brilliant.

Lauren Kaelin

I was discussing with the gent how much it would cost to buy all the Ikea monkey paintings I could find, and have them as a personal gallery. Seriously, if you ever see one for sale, shout me.

Ikea monkey art

ikea monkey art

ikea monkey art


It would look something like this. A worthy thing to dedicate the rest of my life to achieving, I feel.

3 Responses to “Ikea monkey”

  1. Becky - pretty dandy
    July 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    I love this. I especially like how the last one also looks a bit like that church fresco that someone “helpfully” restored too!


  2. Simone Manley
    April 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    Want an Ikea Monkey painting? I did the one of the ‘wrecked Jesus restoration/Ikea Monkey mash up’ (google Ikeas Homonkulus)

    email me, I can make part of your Monkey Art dreams come true with a handpainted copy, a printed reproduction of the original, or even a special request commission – like THIS:

    How could you possibly have missed THAT one?? 🙂

    Delighted to see my art included in your lovely collage!

    • myfriendshouse
      April 9, 2014 at 8:01 am #

      Simone! Lovely to e-meet you and hear more about your art. I have taken the link out of your comment as it makes google hate us, but I am happy to go back and put a link to your site in the original post.
      Can you tell me how much you charge for prints/originals of Ikea Homonkulus? Weirdly, a good friend of mine emailed recently to say he’s painting me an Ikea Monkey – I was so thrilled! – but he’s doing a tribute to one of the other versions, not yours. I could get a gallery going! x

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