A true artist sees potential in everything, even the stuff the rest of think of as garbage. A painter named Dave Pollot is using his skill to transform what people throw in the trash into something they want to hang on the wall.
Bored Panda reports that Pollot collects old paintings and etchings from thrift stores and garage sales, touches up any old wounds, and then paints his own vision on top, adding in characters and images to completely transform the image's meaning:
He's especially good at incorporating whatever pop culture element it is into the style of the painting itself, so they seem like part of the original piece:
I've seen The Last Jedi and I have a theory about the porgs (if you haven't seen it, don't worry, this isn't a spoiler). So, I believe that these little bastards have everyone (but me) fooled with the cutesy-big-eyed bs, when in reality, they're really meat-eating monsters who'd eat their own kind without hesitation. In fact, in the one scene with Chewy, the porg wasn't sad that a wookie was about to eat his buddy, he was begging for a bite...
But it's still jarring and funny when you notice what the change is:
Passion project... So, I have some BIG news! I'm sure that some of you know that my time has always been divided between two passions - I've spent 15 years writing software and I've painted most of my life. You may have noticed that I've been spending a lot more time painting over the past seven years or so (which hasn't really left a lot of time for things like, the beautiful woman I married, our dogs, sleep, books, etc.) Well, the time has finally come for me to change the priority of my passions. January 3rd is my last day as a professional software engineer!!! I'm scared shitless, but I'm so excited that I'll finally have more time to get these ideas out of my head and on canvas/paper/who-knows-what-else! I want to thank every single one of you for your support and if you own any of my work, here's an extra big thank you. It's meant the world to me and I couldn't do this without you guys. I also want to save my biggest thanks to my accomplice and supporter - my wife @adinomight. She's worked so hard behind the scenes to help me turn this little passion project into something a lot more. Art is definitely my cookie of choice, and here's to a 2018 with more than enough of it to satisfy an army of googly-eyed-blue-monsters...
It seems like a fun, beautiful way to explore both the ephemera of pop culture and his skill as an artist:
Pollot also uses more famous art pieces in his work, though of course he isn't painting on the originals...we assume.
But the thrift store series may be the perfect mix of art, humor, and occasionally, sheer creepiness:
Art that gives you feelings.