When I think about art, it’s not without a slight tinge of regret. Art was my first love. Truly deeply madly head over heels kinda love. It’s the thing that has always been there for me which I guess is why I often take it for granted. Like an unappreciated girlfriend that loves you no matter how bad you screw up.

That’s no way to treat a lady.

I’d like to say I’ve changed and that it won’t happen again but hey, I don’t have all the answers. Sure we’ve had some rough patches, but our time together hasn’t been all bad. Right now it’s 2am and I’m gonna spend some time getting reacquainted. Hey there, gorgeous. Remember me?


My name is Joel Carlo but you may know me by my artist moniker, MechaHateChimp. I’ve been a freelance artist and media developer for close to 20 years and my work has been published in several art magazines including ImagineFX and 2DArtist.

I have an “on again, off again” relationship with art because at the end of the day, I’m a bit of a soul searcher and don’t like to be tied down (at least that’s what I like to tell myself). That’s why I decided to put this blog together as a way to keep a record of the work I’ve done over the years and for posterity’s sake. I’m hoping it will be a source of inspiration for me whenever I’m too lazy to motivate myself but I won’t hold my breath. Regardless, I hope you can take something from it or at the very least enjoy my nonsensical rants.


El Cuento de Pygmalion2017-04-09T22:51:22+00:00
Confrontation at Percé Rock2017-04-09T23:18:14+00:00



"Ana" is a painting I did as a sort of homage to both a Pixies song by the same name and a painting by Gustav Klimt. At the time I did this painting, I had been throwing the idea around of doing my own rendition of Gustav's "Judith II" but wanted to use some of the visual aspects from the lyrics of the track "Ana" off the Pixies "Bossonova" album. The result is what you see above after melding both ideas together with a paintbrush and a night of heavy drinking. Acrylic on board, 1999.

El Cuento de Pygmalion

"El Cuento de Pygmalion" is a painting based on a Greek mythological story. The myth revolves around an artist named Pygmalion who carved a statue of a woman in ivory so beautiful that no living woman could compare to it. He was so enamored with his own work that the goddess Aphrodite granted his wish of finding a wife as beautiful as his statue by giving life to his ivory creation. Acrylic on board, 1999.

Travest Parkes

"Travest Parkes" is a painting I did trying to emulate the styles from two of my favorite artists, contemporary illustrator Travest Charest and painter Michael Parkes. While both artists are seemingly at opposite ends of the art spectrum in both style and technique, they both share the common interest of dynamic fantasy based imagery. This is the result of melding the styles of these two artists into one image. Oil on gouache paper, 1999.

Pythagoras Explains

Pythagoras is considered by some as history's first pure mathematician and an extremely important figure in the development of mathematics. He is attributed for the Pythagorean Theorem, which claims that the sum of (the areas of) two small squares equals (the area of) the large one. In "Pythagoras Explains", I used the theorem as an exercise in composition, while illustrating the famed mathematician as the primary theme within the piece. Acrylic on gouache paper, 1995.


I’m currently available for commissions so if you need artwork, send me a quick message. Keep in mind that I run a fairly busy schedule but I always reply back as quickly as possible. If you don’t hear back from me right away, please be patient.