Eric Joyner’s Donuts and Robots

We love the irreverence of Eric Joyner’s art, who has a deep interest in an unlikely duo, robots and donuts. Indeed, Joyner’s large body of work is full of fun and inexplicable paintings of robots scaling donut mountains, mother and son robot exploring the farm and more.

Joyner came across his subject matter after years of painting, first settling on Japanese tin robots, and then finding their counterpart, donuts, after getting inspired from a scene in the film Pleasantville. Painting around 20 pieces a year, Joyner has sold art to the likes of George Lucas and J.J. Abrams, and his work has been used as set pieces in the show The Big Bang Theory.

It’s such an unexpected yet delightful subject matter, sure to bring a smile to your day. Explore more of his work on his website.

All images used with artist permission. 


Joyner has a brand new exhibit at the Corey Helford Gallery, showcasing 18 new pieces. From official press release:

Machine Man Memories (consisting of 18 new oil paintings) is the newest series of fantastical paintings by Joyner, of Robots and Donuts fame. Joyner’s work, which has been licensed from the likes of Disney, Warner Brothers, and the hit HBO show Silicon Valley, depicts the tenuous conflict between children’s toys and adulthood as a portrait of another reality. His work is characterized by his playful and surrealistic style that creates harmony between the mix of cartoon characters, especially Japanese tin robots and colorful donuts (directly inspired by the film Pleasantville) inserted in all kinds of landscapes from the Age of Dinosaurs to the bottom of the ocean.

Exhibit details:


March 7 – April 11, 2020


571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033