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.