Retro Robots Meet Donuts: Eric Joyner Wall Decor

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Retro robots meet 1950s Main Street!  We’re very excited to introduce a series of metal signs, wall decals and stickers featuring the charming work of San Francisco artist Eric Joyner.


Robot Donut Shop Indecision by Eric Joyner



It was Joyner’s robots that caught our eye – they’re based on tin toy robots from the 1940s through 1960s, which Joyner collects – but it’s pretty clear there’s more going on here!  The robots have arch enemies in the form of . . . donuts???  And sometimes they seem to be allied with donuts, and other times use them as tools or enjoy them as a snack.  Huh?  Well, Joyner makes no secret of the fact that he loves both toy robots and donuts, and he has said in interviews that they’re two things he thinks he could paint for 30 years, and not grow tired of them.


Sometimes the robots re-enact famous scenes from movies . . .


Robot King Kong by Eric Joyner

Robo Kong


. . . or put their retro-futurist twist on famous works of art.


Robot Rockwell Portrait Style Selfie



Robot Diner Hawks Hopper Style



Sometimes they have crazy adventures on strange worlds . . .


Robot Donut Landing Party

Landing Party 7


. . . and just basically live out their weird robot lives.


Robot Donut Shop Heavy Traffic

Heavy Traffic 2


You might be surprised to learn that Eric Joyner describes his sci-fi paintings as “realistic.”  There would seem to be nothing realistic about robots fighting donuts in surreal settings!  But what he means is that he enjoys bringing robots to life and engaging a viewer’s emotions.

It’s true – you can’t help but react to Joyner’s whimsical toy robots doing their thing.  You can appreciate his art as goofy, retro-style fun, but his designs really do engage your imagination.  What’s the story here?  How did things get to this point?  What does it all mean to the robots?  Or the donuts, for that matter?


Robot Malfunction Bar Fight

Malfunction Mute


Joyner sometimes uses famous locations in his designs, literally dropping his robots into our world.  Here robots enjoy baked treats at the famous Vesuvio bakery in Soho, New York:


Robot Vesuvio Bakery Lost and Found

Lost and Found


And they like to lounge around the Village Cigar Store in Greenwich Village:


Robot Village Cigar Shop



When you see Joyner’s robots doing what humans do every day, you can’t help but see the humanity in them . . . or the robot in us!

Take a closer look and tell us what you think of these cool, quirky wall graphics, signs and stickers!


Last updated: Sep 14, 2015
Filed under: Retro Planet Products Tagged with: Robots, wall art, wall decor