If you follow artist Rob Pruitt on Instagram (@robpruitt5000), you’ve probably had your mind blown by the uncanniness of his “Art World/Celebrity Look-Alikes Series.”
Initiated two weeks ago with a post featuring Karma’s Brendan Dugan and his celebrity doppelganger Chris Pratt, the series is yet to take a misstep. Pruitt achieves the freakishly accurate comparisons with the help of his studio, comprised of rising art stars in their own right.
“It really grew out of the social environment at the studio, like the plywood lunch tables that we doodle on during coffee/lunch breaks. A conversation started to emerge a couple weeks ago initiated by Kathryn (Kerr) about how Brendan (Dugan) looks so much like Chris (Pratt). Tatiana (Westin McCaw) strongly agreed. So that naturally spawned more conversations about other friends in the art world and who they look like. The concept was harnessed into a graphic format by Dan (Oh) at the studio and we started posting them,” Pruitt emailed.
Always one to give credit to his studio assistants where credit is due (unlike a certain artist, who, as the series points out, looks a hell of a lot like Mr. Rogers), Pruitt asserts that Daniel Oh is the “project leader for the celebrity look-alikes.” That will fill out his CV quite nicely.
“Sometimes people leave comments or suggestions and we reward people that give our posts love first by featuring them the next day, but it’s definitely an in-house project,” Pruitt adds.
Most of his subjects seem to get a kick out of the comparisons – Jerry Saltz reposted his double (Scooter from The Muppets) and Harry Brant commented under his lookalike (Winona Ryder): “This is the greatest thing in the whole world ever” followed by two rainbow emojis, one lollipop emoji and one shocked face emoji.
“To my knowledge no one’s been upset about the lookalikes. I think they’re pretty flattering,” he says.