Street Art With Criminal Cartoon Characters

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Street Art With Criminal Cartoon Characters

** Note: This exhibition has now been cancelled as some the artworks were stolen in transit, though some are on display at the venue **

Winnie the Pooh seems to have become a spokesperson for gun ownership. Copyright Herr Nilsson.

Swedish street artist Herr Nilsson likes to place innocent cartoon characters in dark situations, and this latest exhibition is no exception.

Curious George appears to have killed his owner, and seems remarkably pleased with himself. Copyright Herr Nilsson

Whether it's Winnie the Pooh on drugs, Princess Elsa from Frozen as an anarchist or Curious George smiling, gun in hand, having shot his owner, the images turn our impressions of favourite childhood characters on their heads.

Winnie the Pooh escapes the police while Princess Elsa has turned to anarchy. Copyright Herr Nilsson.

It's an obvious commentary on how everything is pure and innocent in cartoons, or how good and evil seems black and white in Disney, while in the real worlds it's not so clear cut.

Captain Haddock and Tintin enjoying a drink with Bob Marley. Copyright Herr Nilsson

Most importantly, though, they are humorous works that play on how absurd these images are.

Pooh and Piglet enjoying the smell of gun smoke. Copyright Herr Nilsson

Herr Nilsson: Fill the World with Sunshine has now been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

For more art see the nine exhibitions we're looking forward to in July.

Last Updated 18 July 2016