Selected: Figures Removed From Classic Paintings

These simplified classic artworks will warm any photoshoppers heart. In his series “Selected,” artist Mike Guppy has taken such iconic paintings as The Birth of Venus and the Mona Lisa, replacing their central figures with an animated gif outline resembling the selection tools ‘marching ants.’ His near seamless backgrounds easily trick the eye into believing the main character never existed, lending a distinct air of re-written history. See more of his digitally themed works at

The Nightmare – Henry Fuseli

Mona Lisa – Leonardo de Vinci

Son of a Man – René Magritte

The Scream – Edvard Munch


Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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