“Art Frame Design” is a new Instagram account that merges classic art with modern urban and fashion photography. The person behind the project is Michael T from the webzine “Milkshake” who reimagined what famous characters from classic paintings would look like if they were living in our contemporary world. And he does so by harmoniously framing classic paintings into modern fashion photos. Michael T. might not be a graphic designer, but he really is an art lover!
About the author
We know little more than nothing about Michael T. (Michael Thibault). It looks like that before starting out the project “Art Frame Design” in 2018, the sales manager from France had never been engaged in any creative activities. However, he did start a blog about contemporary art and design on his website. Other than that, Michael’s got a pretty good understanding of classic art as well. How else would you explain his amazing ability to find paintings that would perfectly match his collages?
The “Art Frame Design” project was born
It all started when Michael was looking for the visuals to post on Milkshake, and since he couldn’t find any, he decided to take an initiative and do it himself. He took one of Van Gogh’s portraits and beautifully framed it into a fashion photo. The reimagined photo of Van Gogh got so many positive comments, likes, and shares on Instagram that Michael decided to make more. People liked his work so much that he came up with an idea to turn this series of photographs into an art project, later named as “Art Frame Design”.
The “Art Frame Design” project has already gone viral and Michael Thibault has no intention to stop. His Instagram is saturated with more than a hundred photos of his work, and new posts are coming every few days. First, Amedeo Modigliani, Frida Kahlo, and Leonardo da Vinci had joined Van Gogh and kept him company. Later, Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat joined the gang.
Classic art characters roaming the streets
You may have already noticed that some of the artist’s works are more surrealistic than the others. And, in this article’s author humble opinion, I personally like those pieces where all the photo elements perfectly fit together. It makes it look like that it is supposed to be like that. That leather jacket would be the outfit of choice for Van Gogh. Or that Leonardo da Vinci would make a really stylish hipster fella. And that if Marilyn Monroe would live in 2019, she would definitely go for denim jeans and t-shirt with rolled up sleeves look.