A new exhibition by Armenian painter Armen Eloyan opens at Timothy Taylor Gallery today. Never has a spud looked so deranged, or a log so depressed, and that's not the half of it.
With echoes of Philip Guston and Paul McCarthy, the Zurich-based artist treats us to raucous depictions of Disney-style fairytales with sinister twists. The new series was inspired by Pinocchio and his habitual mishaps; with Eloyan as puppet master Pinocchio never quite makes it to "real boy", but he does become a sausage, a screw and a potato. As if matters couldn't get any worse, Eloyan has thrown in a few destructive implements (kitchen knives, paint brushes) for good measure. Even Geppetto can't save him now.
Armen Eloyan: Paintings is at Timothy Taylor Gallery, London W1, from today until 18 October, www.timothytaylorgallery.com
Left: Untitled (Painter), 2009; right: Untitled (Potato), 2009