Wandering through the aisles of your local thrift store can be a great time. From finding stylish vintage threads, to rummaging through piles of books to find that hidden gem, there’s always a lot to see… but there’s often an overlooked pile of old paintings too. Those amateur works of art haven’t escaped the eye of New York artist Dave Pollot – or his paintbrush for that matter. He’s been giving old paintings a truly geeky makeover, adding characters like ‘Bender’ from Futurama and the ‘Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’ from Ghostbusters to the recycled canvases. As he puts it, his work is “art with a sense of humor.” [Read more…]
These new artworks by Chad Wys are the type of project that make innovations happen. In their distinct elements they aren’t that unique – some multi-colored paint here, a porcelain statue there – but it’s how his contemporary and historical forms interact that make the difference. Wys has a knack for combining dissimilar elements in ways that create surprising and thought provoking new artistic directions. [Read more…]
What if Picasso and Rembrandt had met to have cocktails in 1953? You can imagine the talks they would have had: electric, inspired, and maybe even heated. The work that could have spawned from such a conversation might have looked a bit like that of Cesar Santos. His paintings seemingly bring the works of masters – from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century to Modernism – together, juxtaposing their styles one on top of the other. It’s a patchwork of inspired painting. [Read more…]
Throughout the late 19th century up until the 1990s, these captivating and strangely painted portraits (retratos pintados) were a common practice in rural northeastern Brazil. Family portraits were retouched with a heavy hand, painting over the original image with bold brush strokes which transformed family members into the rich, healthy and beautiful… even the dead ones. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
Using vintage lithographic reproductions of romantic 19th century paintings, artist Wayne White inserts his own bold phrases and words. His careful attention to details like reflection and shadow make the images appear as if this was the way they were originally intended. White seems far from stopping on this typographical remix project: find many more of his “Word Paintings” at waynewhiteart.com.