This Artwork Is Probably The Most Accurate (And Scary) Portrayal Of Modern Life We’ve Ever Seen




It’s not nice, but it’s certainly close to the mark…

Steve Cutts is a London-based illustrator and animator who uses powerful images to criticize the sad state of society. Greed, environmental destruction, junk food and TV consumption, smartphone addiction and the exploitation of animals are all issues that have inspired his work.

Cutts worked in the corporate world before choosing to go freelance, and his vitriol for the rat race really shows (especially here…)

Cutts used to work at an advertising agency with global brand clients including Coca Cola, Google, Reebok, Magners, Kellogg’s, Virgin, 3, Nokia, Sony, Bacardi and Toyota. It’s no surprise he was left with so many ideas for these thought-provoking images.

His illustrations capture all the stress, despair and frustration of our dog-eat-dog world, one in which we are persuaded to consume sh*t and destroy the planet in order to keep the corporate wheels turning.

It’s true that Cutts’s art is depressing, but only because his images are so close to the truth. Here is a selection of some of his best works:

Arrrgh! It’s Monday again

Arrrgh! It's Monday again

Jessica and Roger relax at home


The Fatcat




Dinner is served…


A bull provides the daily news through a cleverly designed toilet-TV


‘circle of life’


Just another day in the office…


This image in particular rings true for most of us


A very apt illustration of humanity’s ecocide


Santa’s real workshop


‘Scream Queen’


A critique of consumerism


‘The trap’

the trap

‘The final handshake’, from his short animation ‘MAN’.


‘The King’


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  1. Dark disturbing and strangely palatable in cartoon format but that’s the point I think. When Edward Keinholz exhibited “Back Seat Dodge, ’38” at LACMA in the 1970s the piece evoked critics caustic reviews of salaciousness and protests from fundrs, people were intrigued and attendance broke records. The works I just viewed brings nods of recognition yet yawns on the shock meter. We are bombarded daily with violence fear mongering and hateful rhetoric–we are numb numb to feeling.
    To the artist: Keep making your art. It’s valuable and important. This collective work challeges me to critically think and analyze.

  2. I see pieces like this all the time, the style has been around for decades. It’s really overdone and some of his don’t make any sense but I know I’ll just be told I can’t grasp genius or some bs.

    • In my opinion it is not about weather it is genius or not, it is all about what you get out of it. If you do not like it or do not give it at chance then that is okay! It is all in the eyes of the beholder 😉


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