Bijijoo’s paintings result from process-driven experimentation with painting media and automatic drawing, using traditional and digital techniques. He builds mixed media layers to amplify interplays of light, color, and texture. Images are conjured from chaos, in a process akin to divination. The forms that take shape trend toward human and animal: grotesque exaggerations of life, monstrous cartoons, vanitas. Narratives emerge through these interactions, reflecting struggle, celebration, and introspection. The results depict experiences, interactions, and movements frozen in a personal space and time.
Bijijoo (given name: Michael Todd Horne; preferred nickname: B) currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.
B has been painting and drawing since childhood. He has experimented with figurative, abstract and conceptual work in a variety of media, including writing, music and video. B diverged from art practice to pursue technical studies in mathematics, physics, computer science and chemistry, culminating in a Ph.D. in biophysics in 2008 . He then returned to painting by creating several series of surrealist works, including The Presidential Ham, Celebrity Still Life and Arthropod Companion. After pausing to remodel an old house and become a father, he began resetting his painting practice in 2018. B’s current work draws on his technical background in math, science and computer programming, as well as his young daughter’s imagination and love of monsters.
B has a day job working at Nike at the interface of digital design and innovation and intellectual property.
2021 Group Show, Maison Ozman, Paris, France
2021 D’Arte (group show), Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2021 Group Show, VINS Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2021 Duo show with Vickie Vainionpää , GR Gallery, New York, NY
2020 AGW Continuing, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2020 Amsterdam Art Gallery Weekend, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2020 Online Exhibition #4, Top Top, curated by Meredith Rosen
2020 LIMBO, Act II, Everday Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2020 LIMBO, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
2020 Salt & Vinegar Group show, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2020: Hot Paper supporting ACLU & Showhouse JayJay x Hot Paper, GIFC (Online)
2020 Showhouse JayJay #2 (Online)
2020 Showhouse JayJay (Online)
2020 Bijijoo – Monster, La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Online), Los Angeles, CA.
2020 Everything but the Kitschen Sync Group show, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2019 BB Monster in Check Your Swoosh: Best Day Ever Group show, Gallery 135, Portland, OR
2014 Sculptures by Scott Foster & Paintings by Bijijoo, Splendorporium, Portland, OR
2013 Unnatural Histories II Group show, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
2013 Bugs, Holes, Heads, and How-tos Solo show, Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR
2013 Big Goose in Night of the Hunter Group show, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
2012 DO SOMETHING Group show, AFRU Gallery, Portland, OR
2012 Bunko the Clown in Send in the Clowns Group show, Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR
2012 Still Life with Bob Ross in Happy Little Trees, Bob Ross Tribute Art Show Group show, Screaming Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
2012 Maija and the Mantis in June Bugs Group show, Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR
2012 The Anthropod Companion Solo show, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
2012 The 100 Show Group show, Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, OR
2011 The Celebrity Still Life Solo show, Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR
2011 Leonid Brezhnev in Underpants Group show, Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR
2011 The Bathing Clown in Life Underwater Group show, Good: A Gallery, Portland, OR
2011 The Presidential Ham Solo show, The Basil Hallward Gallery, Portland, OR.
Featured on cover of Meatpaper, Issue 17 (Spring 2012)
Featured on cover of the Portland Mercury, Vol. 12 No. 37
Featured on cover of the Portland Mercury, Vol. 12 No. 8
2013 The Art Out There, David Carmack Lewis, March 20,
2012 Concept Art Writing Prompt: Sitting at the Bar with a Giant Praying Mantis, io9,
2012 Santorum neologism gains prominence during US election cycle, Wikinews,
2012 Still Life With Rick Santorum, Dan Savage
2011 Miyamoto’s, Where You Know Everybody’s Name, Kotaku,
2011 Hail to the Presidential Ham, Willamette Week
2010 15 Portraits of Presidents with Ham, Salon.com
2010 The Presidential Ham, OddityCentral
2010 A Man, A Plan, Some Hams: Bijijoo?, Paste Magazine