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 captions these, "Made a bit more progress on the #rogerrabbit piece last night! Still a long way to go, and I can tell you that our little friend, the shoe, will be safe and sound...," "Working on some fun stuff for a group show @galleries1988 in LA this April... The show is called 30 years later and celebrates some of my all time favs, including of course, Chucky! #childsplay" and "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..."
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:
But it's still jarring and funny when you notice what the change is:
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.
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