Dave Cooper has always intrigued me. He began as a comics artist and that style persists in his paintings. You can see influences from R. Crumb, crazy animation of the 1930's and 40's, Renaissance paintings and, what, I don't know... balloons? Verging between cute and grotesque, sexual and disturbing, happy and violent, his art grabs you in your pop-culture psyche without any clear reference. I just got his book, Bent, and I highly recommend it.
Dave Cooper's website
Dave Cooper at Jonathan LeVine Gallery
Dave's old site
Dave Cooper's art book, Bent