SF Copywriter Starts ‘Gimpressionism’ Movement


By Bob Marshall Comment

The above painting titled “Birch Please” is from the artistic mind of SF-based copywriter Chris Elzinga, who’s currently working freelance for Organic and Hub Strategy (and has done the same in the past for the likes of Cutwater, Draftfcb and AKQA). Sure, it’s a nice painting of trees, but it’s not anything special until you notice the little hidden man wearing the full bondage suit.

“It’s a panoply of sadomasochistic fellows,” Elzinga tells the Ünnecessary Ümlaut, the blog run by OgilvyWest once-again freelancer/bearded light guy Fred Abercrombie. Indeed, just because you love S&M doesn’t mean you can’t also love long, solitary walks in the great outdoors. On Abercrombie’s site, you can view of number of Elzinga’s paintings, all featuring a gimp-masked figure standing near trees. You creatives and your weird ideas.

And now, for the solution to Elzinga’s game of “find the gimp” in his painting “Birch Please.” A closer look will tell us that the gimp looks something like this: