Classic Art Through A Sci-Fi Lens

What happens when you take world-famous artworks from the distant past and re-interpret them through the lens of modern fantasy? I’m not sure what’s more exciting about these artworks, the fact that they where made based on some of the worlds most famous paintings, or how well each re-working stands up on its own.

John Mattos, Tim O’Brien, Luke Radi and Carlos Pacheco are some of the artists rounding out this collection of remixes. Some of the artworks where created for book covers and others simply for the joy of making art. Among the highlights to the roundup: we see renditions of Pablo Picasso’s work remixed with a Star Wars theme, Norman Rockwell mashed up with a host of DC comics characters and Salvador Dali given the Wolverine treatment.

Remixing art has become quite popular in recent years, so here’s the question: how will our current art be re-interpreted in the future… and if it’s not too much of a stretch, how will our re-interpretations be re-interpreted?

Above: Marcel Duchamp’s abstract Nude Descending a Staircase, remixed by John Mattos with C3PO
Below: He then remixed Pablo Picasso’s Three Musicians with the Star Wars’ Cantina.

A Halloween recasting of Norman Rockwell’s “The Runaway” by Luke Radi

Francis Barraud “Sound of His Masters Voice” gets a robotic remix by Tim O’Brien

Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want,” gets a DC Comics Remix by Carlos Pacheco

David’s “Napoleon Crossing the Alps,” here is Michael Whelan’s take for the cover of Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson’s novel Hoka.

“Whistler’s Mother,” goes completely Gonzo

Paolo Rivera gives Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” a Wolverine remix

Dave Seeley channels Michelangelo’s Pietá in this Star Wars book cover.


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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