Weekend pop art: From thrift store paintings comes pop culture gold

The Mario Kart characters make their mark on an otherwise unremarkable garden setting (image via Paste Magazine (c) David Pollot)
The Mario Kart characters make their mark on an otherwise unremarkable garden setting (image via Paste Magazine (c) David Pollot)

 

I think it would be fair to say that most of us don’t immediately thinking of heading to our local thrift store – in Australia, they’re known as “op shops” short for “opportunity shops” – to procure some art for our homes.

After all, while the art there is undoubtedly cheap, it’s not exactly, how can we say this nicely, of the highest artistic calibre.

Much of it is far too pastel for words, too banal and oddly agrarian and in desperate need of some creative zhoushing to make them more palatable.

Riding, or rather painting, to the rescue are artists like the enormously talented Dave Pollot who fetches these rather unlovely artistic efforts and gives them the sort of makeover that would be at home on reality TV.

In short, his work is nothing short of gleefully transformative, inserting sci-fi and video game characters from franchises like Star Wars Back to the Future and Star Trek, and the Mario Kart characters into otherwise rather forgettable scenes.

The results are a delight and can be admired and purchased at Dave Pollot’s Etsy site.

 

Doctor Who finds himself in what appears as an fairly standard rural setting but don't be fooled - there are likely Daleks in the barn (image via Paste Magazine (c) David Pollot)
Doctor Who finds himself in what appears as an fairly standard rural setting but don’t be fooled – there are likely Daleks in the barn (image via Paste Magazine (c) David Pollot)

 

Now this is one place the Empire won't find Han or Chewie! (image via Paste Magazine (c) David Pollot)
Now this is one place the Empire won’t find Han or Chewie! (image via Paste Magazine (c) David Pollot)

 

Will ya just take a look at where a flux capacitor can take an eccentric professor and bored mid western teenager! (image via Paste Magazine (c) David Pollot)
Will ya just take a look at where a flux capacitor can take an eccentric professor and bored mid western teenager! (image via Paste Magazine (c) David Pollot)

 

Dr. John A. Zoidberg finds himself on yet another odd planet but that's nothing new for one of the characters from Futurama (image via Paste Magazine (c) David Pollot)
Dr. John A. Zoidberg finds himself on yet another odd planet but that’s nothing new for one of the characters from Futurama (image via Paste Magazine (c) David Pollot)

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