Johnny Martini
Johnny Martini

19 Pieces of Bill Murray Fan Art

Johnny Martini
Johnny Martini

Today is Bill Murray’s 63rd birthday. In honor of the actor’s long and fantastic career, here's a look at some of his best roles as depicted by artistic fans.

1. Please Post Bills

Perhaps the best collection of art inspired by Bill Murray was at the Gallery 1988 “Please Post Bills” show, which exclusively featured art based on the actor. Here is one of the many great pieces from the show, Hero Design’s “Groundhog Day Info Graphic.” While the show has long since passed, you can still purchase one of the limited edition prints of this piece at the gallery’s website.

2. Bill-O-Rama

What’s better than a night at the Bowl-O-Rama? How about a night at a bowling alley filled with some of Mr. Murray’s best characters? Ian Glaubinger created this marvelous piece as his contribution to the Please Post Bills. I don’t know about you guys, but I would LOVE to go to this bowling alley.

3. No Tomorrow

What does a man look like when he lives the same day over and over again? Dave Perillo shows the slow progression of Phil Connors as the repetition wears on. Apparently, at one point he even gets a job as a groundskeeper at a golf club and on another day, he even tries to capture ghosts.

4. Slimed

While there were plenty of great moments in Ghostbusters, perhaps the most memorable scene to only feature Bill was the “he slimed me” line. Jason Edmiston captured that scene in perfect detail in his submission to the Please Post Bills show.

5. The Ghost Buster

What fan of the Ghostbusters wouldn’t want to read a pulp novel about Dr. Venkman, the Paranormal Detective? Adam Limbert’s fictional book cover was yet another great addition to the Please Post Bills show.

6. Aqua Zissou

Here is another of the artworks created for the Please Post Bills Show. This one, created by Graham Erwin, features the actor’s character from The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou floating in the ocean just hoping to catch the shark who killed his friend.

7. We’ll Start A Jazz Band

Please Post Bills isn’t the only art show with paintings of Bill Murray in the collection. Alice X. Zhang created this piece, based on a famous scene from Lost In Translation, for her solo, cinema-inspired “Moments” show at New York’s Bottleneck Gallery.

8. Pete Venkman

Similarly, Alex Leighton, aka Xander13, was part of a Gallery 1988 show when he created a work based on Bill Murray—but it wasn’t actually for the Please Post Bills. It was for their Three G’s show, which was focused on Ghostbusters, Goonies, and Gremlins. Here’s his take on a wooden version of Dr. Venkman, complete with that charming, handsome smile Dana Barrett experienced so many times.

9. Bill F-ing Murray

What’s better than an artistic rendition of Bill Murray? How about one with five Bill Murrays showing off some of his most beloved roles throughout his career? Jeff Victor’s “Bill F-ing Murray” demonstrates just how hilarious and talented the great actor is.

10. The New and Improved Venkman

Scott Fensterer completed this amazing work as a commission piece where he was asked to sculpt a replacement head for the Matty Collector Peter Venkman action figure. You can see the original version here so you can truly appreciate how much more realistic Fensterer’s version is.

11. Painting Peter

It’s hard to find any icon of geek culture that artist James Hance hasn’t covered, and Bill Murray is no exception. Here’s his take on the actor’s Ghostbusters character, simply titled “Peter.”

12. Dr. Venkman and Friends

For those who simply love the simplified, geometric styles of sixties pop art and the classic monsters and heroes of Ghostbusters, it’s practically impossible not to love this great image of Peter Venkman with Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man by Johnny Martini.

13. Venkman the Munny

As popular as Urban Vinyl toys are these days, you haven’t really made it until someone has turned you into a custom figure. Here’s proof that Bill Murray is still at the top of his game, as evidenced by artist Jonathan Jourdenais.

14. Sad Venkman With Slimer

Brad Hill specializes in making adorable clay sculptures of famous pop culture characters. His take on Doctor Venkman is particularly cute in part because the statue looks sort of sad, even while standing on Slimer.

15. Back Off Man…

From ultra-realistic to adorably cartoony, Peter Venkman is always a delightful character in any form and it's hard to get any cuter than this particularly precious creation made by artist Kevin Bolk.

16. Zombie Bill

When Bill Murray started starring in many independent drama movies such as Broken Flowers and Lost in Translation after the turn of the millennium, many fans of his comedic works started wondering if the actor had turned his back on outrightly silly films and some questioned if he had lost his comedic chops altogether. His surprise cameo in Zombieland put an end to those concerns though, as the actor shambled around his mansion pretending to be a zombie so he could live a happy existence despite the whole apocalypse occurring outside. DeviantArt user 25thPixel’s tribute to this cameo speaks to the impact it made in the film and the actor’s career.

17. Drink If You Dare

Here’s another great take on Bill’s Zombieland cameo, this one in the form of a functional jug –though I don’t recommend you actually drink from Ron Free’s mug, after all, no one knows what the inside of zombie Bill Murray contains.

18. Steve Zissou

Nolan Harris’ caricature of Bill’s character from The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is so perfect that you can almost imagine him ranting about blowing up a shark with dynamite.

19. The Bill of the Future

Why did DeviantArt user funkwood decide to depict Bill Murray as a cyborg car with guns ravaging the wastes of the future? Because it’s awesome, of course. Besides, if Zombieland taught us anything, it’s that Bill Murray will survive any apocalypse scenario in style.

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This Photographer Is Changing People's Perceptions of Pit Bulls, One Flower Crown at a Time
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Sophie Gamand

Like many people, Sophie Gamand wasn’t always the biggest fan of pit bulls. As a volunteer photographer for animal shelters, she used to tense up any time she saw one.

And then something changed. In 2014, the New York-based photographer decided to confront her fear and take on a project that would force her to interact with pit bulls, My Modern Met reports. Initially, she wanted to see for herself if pit bulls were really as dangerous as people claim they are, and what she learned surprised her.

She “discovered the sweet and gentle nature of pit bulls, and how obedient and eager to please they are,” Gamand tells Mental Floss. “They are goofy, loving, and very attached to people.”

Equipped with her new mindset, she decided to photograph the dogs individually with colorful flower crowns adorning their heads in hopes of challenging the public's perception of pit bulls. And it worked.

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Sophie Gamand

Gamand says animal shelter staff often tell her that her photos, which she posts on social media with a brief description of each dog's personality, have saved countless dogs from being euthanized and have helped many others find forever homes. “They have helped dogs get adopted who had had zero interest for months or even years,” she says.

Over the last few years, she has photographed over 400 pit bulls, and her images will be published in a forthcoming coffee table book titled Pit Bull Flower Power: The Book. It will be released in October for Pit Bull Awareness Month.

She says the stereotype of pit bulls being overly aggressive is “completely unfounded,” adding that genetics have little to no influence on a dog’s personality. What makes the difference, though, is proper care and training, which is why she’s dedicating her life’s work to helping the dogs find loving homes.

Plus, the dogs love the photo shoots. "These are all shelter dogs who spend most of their time in a cage," Gamand says. "They are so happy for all the attention, treats, and love they get on the shoot. They love nothing more than to be good boys and girls—learning tricks, sitting to get a cookie. It’s their special moment. Each shoot is a team effort between the handler, the dog, and myself."

Her photos have spread far and wide via social media, and she now receives requests to visit animal shelters all over the world, from India to Kuwait to China. Prior to Pit Bull Flower Power, Gamand’s first book, Wet Dog—which features, you guessed it, adorable dripping dogs—was published in 2015.

Keep scrolling to see more of Gamand's Flower Power series, and check out this project and others on her Instagram page and website.

A pit bull with a flower crown
Sophie Gamand

A pit bull with a flower crown
Sophie Gamand

A pit bull with a flower crown
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A pit bull with a flower crown
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[h/t My Modern Met]

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A Rare Copy of Audubon's Birds of America Could Break Records at Auction
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American artist and naturalist John James Audubon published The Birds of America in the first half of the 19th century, and his massive “double-elephant” folio of life-size bird illustrations remains one of the most ambitious nature books ever produced. On June 14, a rare edition of the four-book set is hitting the auction block, and it's expected to fetch up to $12 million—more than any Audubon book ever sold.

This edition of The Birds of America was owned by the dukes of Portland from around 1839 to 2012. Because it was stored on the shelves of the family's Nottinghamshire, England estate for nearly a century, the set's prints of watercolor drawings have remained remarkably well-preserved.

In 2012, the copy was auctioned off to philanthropist and businessman Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. for nearly $8 million. Knobloch donated the books to the Knobloch Family Foundation (KFF) before his death in 2016. Now, the KFF is sending the books to auction once again. This time, all proceeds of the sale will go to nature conservation.

Set of red leather-bound books.

New York City auction house Christie's describes the set in a listing as "among the finest copies in private hands of this icon of American art, and the finest color-plate book ever produced." Each of the 435 double-elephant folio pages measures 39.5 inches by 26.5 inches, the largest sheets Audubon could get his hands on at the time, and they feature 1037 birds from 500 species. The books are bound in red Moroccan leather with gold detailing on the borders and spines. The four-volume set also comes with the Ornithological Biography, a collection of five books describing the specimens in The Birds of America and their habits.

Christie's estimates the set will sell for $8 million to $12 million when the final bid is placed later this month. To date, the most expensive copy of The Birds of America was a first edition acquired from Sotheby's in London for $11.5 million. That sale also broke the record for the most expensive printed book ever sold at auction, a record held until 2013.

Illustration of American birds.

Illustration of American bird.

Illustration of American birds.

Illustration of American birds.

Illustration of American birds.

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