Artist Adds ‘Star Wars’ To Discarded Paintings He Finds in Thrift Stores

Altered Thrift Store Paintings by Arrowhead Vintage & Goods

While many people may overlook old thrift store paintings, Dave (of Arrowhead Vintage & Goods) actually seeks them out to transform the outdated landscapes into surreal sci-fi scenes. He alters old, forgotten artworks by adding pop culture characters that seem to blend seamlessly within the painterly scenes. From the Iron Giant treading through a forest to Godzilla at the beach, Dave adds characters from a whole host of fantasy films. But there’s one particular movie franchise that seems to inspire the upcycling artist the most—Star Wars.

Many of Dave’s altered paintings capture a strange, dystopian world where the Star Wars Universe has landed on planet Earth. In one painting, R2-D2 faces off against an incoming fleet of Galactic Empire combat vehicles at the beach. In another, a Starfighter battles with TIE fighters in the sky, above a quaint, snow-covered landscape. Each work looks as though the Star Wars elements were always there, like the original painting was completed en plein air, in the midst of the space opera chaos.

When Dave isn’t updating old paintings, he’s running his vintage store in Ohio. You can buy prints of his work via his online store.

Dave (of Arrowhead Vintage & Goods) transforms old thrift store paintings into surreal sci-fi scenes.

Altered Thrift Store Paintings by Arrowhead Vintage & Goods

The altered paintings capture a strange, dystopian world where the Star Wars Universe has come to planet Earth.

Altered Thrift Store Paintings by Arrowhead Vintage & Goods

Pretty landscapes are transformed into battle grounds for the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire.

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Dave also creates up-cycled art featuring other sci-fi characters.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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