Even for the most glamorous cultural icon, the everyday routine still exists; even for the valiant, the humdrum still lurks up out of the corner of a consistent schedule. For Swedish artist Andreas Englund, the appeal of the everyday becomes slightly more bearable when your fictional protagonist is a superhero. With a collection of paintings featuring an elderly and caped Robin Hood character named “Superfly,” the painting series is a new take on the average life of a hero. The hilarity of a man, slumped from years of crime-fighting, waltzing through a normal day in stretchy suit paints a picture that could not be farther from comic book lore. In each animated oil painting, Superfly struggles through a buttoned-up dinner to avoiding the pesky presence of one of his own—a tiny fly.
Englund tells The Creators Project about his work, explaining, “The name 'Superfly' has a dual meaning. I like to portray everyday situations with a twist. In this case with an old superhero. [Superfly] is anonymous but still very familiar. I can connect with him since, in my mind, he can any character I would like him to be.”
The artist works with oils, aquarelles (or thinly-applied watercolors), lithographs, and prints. The Superly series varies along three different themes, spreads across several settings, and expands with each new showing.