I’m in love with flea markets and thrift stores. There’s something magical about these places. You can find really unique pieces out there, and the thrill you get from treasure hunting is very addicting. I can say that people shop for different things in second-hand stores. It could be pretty much anything – some unusual piece of clothing, or a book, or a piece of jewelry, or as in the case of this artist – an art painting.
Meet Dave Pollot, an artist from the US who takes existing pieces of thrift art and adds elements of pop culture into them.
Just like any other thrift shopper, Dave just loves this feeling of adventure you get while searching for a new piece of art.
It’s like playing a lottery. You never know what is hiding in the back of the thrift store.
Dave’s love for second-hand shopping started with his wife Rebecca. She’s an avid drifter who just can’t live without the thrill of the hunt.
One day, he and Rebecca were on another hunt at the local thrift shop. While Becca was off looking at whatever it was that she was looking at, Dave stumbled upon an old artwork.
The couple started joking about how funny it would be to paint something into one of these backgrounds. This is how the idea was born!
Dave was immediately hooked.
Being a huge pop culture fan, it’s not hard for Dave to come up with the ideas for the paintings. But the hardest part is to blend the character into the painting itself.
The biggest challenge is always about taking the character and paint it in so it seems that it actually belongs there.
Repurposing ditched artworks is not his main job. Dave is actually a software programmer with a passion for everything creative.
And painting is just one of his hobbies that he managed to turn into a successful business (his artworks are available for sale on his website).
He doesn’t do it full-time yet, but he is definitely thinking about it. For now, Dave is perfectly fine with doing it part-time since there’s no pressure on the illustrations.
Dave admits that creating this art really helps him balance the left and right sides of his brain.
He loves his job and the people he works with, they challenge him in many ways. But at the same time, he loves painting because it challenges his creative side.
When I look at these amazing artworks, it makes me think how exactly he does it and how much time it takes him to make the addition. Dave says it really depends on the complexity of the piece, and its size, so it might take somewhere between 8 to 36 hours to complete one piece.
To date, Dave Pollot completed around 160 painting and he doesn’t seem to stop. Since each artwork is a completely different style, he has to constantly improve his skills. But the process seems to stay the same anyways. It’s always “choose the painting, get the idea, do a sketch, get to work”.
If you wanna check out more of Dave’s work, you can always follow him here.