It was Daarian Woroniak’s father who first found an adequate description of his work: cartoon debauchery.
A recent example is a painted rendition of Scrooge McDuck entitled Greed.
Using the bright and bold colours reminiscent of Disney cartoons, Woroniak added in coins from McDuck’s piles of money, chains and other status symbols of wealth that played into the painting’s namesake.
It’s fitting that his father — a designer himself — coined Woroniak’s style, as the pair has created art together for as long as the younger Woroniak could remember.
He said he was always fascinated by his dad’s ability to seemingly create whatever he wanted. Woroniak followed suit in his own way.
“I’ve always been doodling. If you were to look at my notebooks from elementary school, they were just covered. I did more doodling than I did work, typically,” Woroniak said.
The fascination with creation, an obsession with MAD magazine and a love of “making weird characters weirder” — while keeping them true to their original image — are fused together in Woroniak’s grimy style.
Woroniak uses a variety of mediums for his work, his favourite being wood or compressed particle board. In a way, he said, it helps keep the characters he creates true to their forms.
Working with wood out of his parents garage is a process he said is enjoyable and gives his artwork a more homemade, unique feeling.
Woroniak said he first found out people were willing to pay for his work when he was in a drug and alcohol treatment program in British Columbia.
After working as a drywaller and a painter for seven or eight years, he said he realized he didn’t have the energy at the end of his work days to put time into his passion for creation.
Although it’s given him an income, Woroniak said his drive to create also gave him an identity, because now people see him as an artist and a creator.
“I just like to create,” he said.
“Hitting that nostalgia vibe, especially people I would never expect, like those in different age demographics, it’s really cool to see that a certain piece that I made that I never even really thought would make someone happy, will make them happy. It’s pretty awesome.”
Saskatchewan Weekend10:56The grimey art of Daarian Woroniak