Art: Kirsten Sims' charming little worlds are bound to improve a grizzly morning

17 January 2014

Just in case your day was unravelling a bit joylessly, here’s some funny, whimsical artwork to give it a little boost of happiness, like the dash of Ribena in your glass of water, or the spoonful of jam in your porridge. Kirsten Sims is an artist, designer and illustrator from Stellenbosch, South Africa, whose funny images are more or less guaranteed to brighten your day.

She’s a pro at filling landscapes with little long-limbed characters, each with their own private narrative playing quietly out in their immediately vicinity, while the rest of the pictured world continues on, unaware. The result is naïve without being saccharine, and charming in a way entirely unique to her style. Thanks for the pick-me-up, Kirsten!


Kirsten Sims: S Strange Paradise


Kirsten Sims: Dalebrook pool


Kirsten Sims: Day 162


Kirsten Sims: Day 160


Kirsten Sims: Day 158


Kirsten Sims: The Philosophy Class


Kirsten Sims: Day 154

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Maisie Skidmore

Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 as an intern before joining full time as an Assistant Editor. Maisie left It’s Nice That in July 2015.

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