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An Outstanding Showcase Of Some…Pretty Ugly Paintings

Weird nudes, pictures that you think are made by kindergarten kids or drawings that have no sense at all. The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) collects only those paintings which are so ugly that can’t be ignored and it’s our duty to show you some “fine art” examples. Sit down, take a painkiller and take a look.


A remarkable fusion of ski resort and wolf puppy — stoical in his yellow-eyed silence, frozen beneath the ice-capped peak, Dog eloquently challenges the viewer to re-examine old concepts of landscape.

Mama and babe

The flesh tones bring to mind the top shelf liqueurs of a border bistro. With an astonishing emphasis on facial bone structure, the artist flirts with caricature and captures features of Mama’s face which remind us of a Presidential candidate. The upright marionettish pose of the babe hints that the early bond between mother and child is as formal as it is familiar. Good old fashioned parental respect is at the center of this celebration of color and contour.

The athlete

A startling work, and one of the largest crayon on canvas pieces that most people can ever hope to see. The bulging leg muscles, the black shoes, the white socks, the pink toga, all help to make this one of the most popular pieces in the MOBA collection.

Peter the kitty

Acquired from Salvation Army Thrift Store by Scott Wilson. Stirring in its portayal of feline angst. Is Peter hungry or contemplating his place in a hungry world? The artist has evoked both hopelessness and glee with his irrational use of negative space.


Bloody cloud bursts in an otherwise clear sky, frothing nostrils as the bovine beast dives, lemming like, and misses the phosphorescent, oily, swimming hole.

In the cat’s mouth

A comment on issues of power as experienced by those who dwell with feline pets. Is the artist consumed with or consumed by his love for this cat? Does he identify with the personality of the startling animal? Does the similarity between these inseparable cohabitants stop short at the nose? Or is he simply trying to observe a tree-lined avenue through a cat’s eyes?

Think again

This disturbing work “makes an offer you can’t refuse”. The chilling, matter-of-fact manner in which the subject presents the severed head to us is a poignant reminder of just how numb we have become. The understated violence implicit in the scene speaks volumes on our own desensitization, our society’s reflexive use of force, and the artist’s inability to deal with the hindquarters of the animal.

Dog bites man

The artist employs a no-holds-barred approach to graphically depict the archetypal news non-event. Painting on the inside cover of a Konstnren Magazine (“Artists”), the artist allows the underlying red graphic to bleed through his paint, helping express the psychic pain driving the animal to resort to such violent behavior.

Charlie and Sheba

No longer able to tolerate the incessant barking, Charlie the Chipmunk used a band-aid to tape Sheba the Sheepdog’s mouth shut before posing with her on the picnic table.

Spewing Rubrick’s cube

This image of the classic 1980s toys emanating from a jester gargoyle’s mouth can only be described as puzzling.

Ronan the Pug

Ronan the Pug could hardly see straight after lapping up all the spilled egg-nog at the holiday party, but brought tears to everyone’s eyes with his clear tenor rendition of Danny Boy.

Mana Lisa

Mana Lisa’s nose strikes nimbly, offsetting the dialogue between the foreground and profoundly varnished background.


Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.