Mike Wellins’ Bizarre Additions to Thrift Store Paintings

Mike Wellins’ has an obsession with the odd things of the world, and he creates plenty of them too. Co-creator of Portland’s one-and-only “freakybuttrue” Peculiarium, he has been raiding thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales to feed his appetite for old paintings. He then remixes them with strange additions – like rocket packs for bunnies, to hoards of zombies. It’s a process that’s been dubbed NERC (Non-elective Retroactive Collaboration).

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Wellins’ work is fantastically bizarre, and many are so well integrated into the original painting that it leaves one wondering where the original ends and his new additions start.

Not content to keep his work to flat surfaces, Wellins also remixes found sculptures with resin, taxidermy pieces and/or acrylic paint. Each piece is a unique collaboration never intended by the original artist. See more (lots more…) at the Peculiarium.

See similar work in Chris McMahon’s monster paintings or Dave Pollot’s geeky tributes to Star Wars.

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