By Luke Kenton
This amazing artist gives old, unwanted thrift store art a new lease of life, by painting amusing 21st Century pop culture figures into the scenery of discarded canvases.
With an affinity for all things pop culture, New York-based artist Dave Pollock dedicates his time to transforming unloved works of art into modernised masterpieces, featuring some of his favourite characters.
From Pennywise the Clown to Walmart, the 38-year-old artist – who recently left his job as a software engineer to pursue his passion full-time – features a wide variety of contemporary characters and corporations within his parody mash-ups.
Incorporating the characters in the exact style of his chosen backdrop, Dave’s artwork has proven to be a huge hit online, with his sales on Artisan site ‘Etsy’ reaching over 14,000.
Picking up the art for pennies and selling it on for anything up to 500 GBP, Dave remains incredibly grateful to his wife, Becca, who returned home with a charity shop painting in 2010, urging him to paint “something funny” on it.
Regularly showcasing his latest work on his Instagram page, @DavePollotArt, Dave said: “I’ve been drawing and painting most of my life and I was always encouraged by my family to explore my creativity however I could.
“I’ve spent the last 15 years writing software during the day and painting at night – my wife and I decided to pick just one passion [painting] and go for it.
“There’s always a place for all art, and it’s interesting that we put an expiration date on some pieces, no longer seeing their value.
“I’ve always been fascinated with pop culture, but curious about whether or not one group to claim to identify with it – how is it broken up between generations?
“I grew up in the 80s and 90s and loved the things that came out of the era, but does that mean that someone in the late 90s is incapable of appreciating or understanding those things in the same way?
“Certainly there’s a nostalgic feeling I may have and they may not, but I wonder if that truly matters.
“I guess my work is somewhat of an answer to some of these questions, challenging the idea that anyone really owns the pop-culture of a particular time.
“I try to seamlessly combine pieces of abandoned or forgotten artwork with the elements of pop culture that I love, changing the meaning of both in an effort to make both relevant to new groups of people.
“After my girlfriend at the time – who is now my wife – returned home with a few paintings, I was absolutely hooked.
“I can remember one piece that has taken over 100 hours to complete, where as there are several that I’ve finished in a couple of days.
“I’ve never wanted to put financial pressure on my artwork – I just focus on making the kind of art I’d be proud of.”