Australia is home to many beautifully weird things: white koalas, beer regattas, smurf-blue lattes, and truly one-of-a-kind artists such as Pricasso famous for creating paintings with none other but his penis and balls (*shrugs*). On a bit different side of the spectrum but still very exceptional is another Australian artist, Ben Frost, known for his witty pop art mashups.
Borrowing from the worlds of advertising, entertainment and politics, Frost creates controversial pieces that mock our consumerism, addictions, superficiality... I mean, what else do you call a painting of a crying girl with the caption "World War Three? But... I just bought the new iPhone...!"
One of Frost's ongoing projects is painting on fast food and pharmaceutical packaging. Taking pop culture staples, such as McDonald's' red french fries container or Krispy Kreme donuts' paper bag, Frost adorns them with kinky, anime and Roy Liechtenstein-inspired drawings.
Frost's take on drug packaging is yet another outlet for his untamed snark.
Using packs of Codeine, Antenex, Oxycodone, Endone and other prescription medication, most of which contain opiates and are used to treat pain, anxiety disorders, Frost subtly comments on the opioid epidemic and overall obsession with quick, painless solutions that numb our minds and help us deal with modern existence.