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Artist Saves Forgotten Paintings by Adding His Own Hilarious Touch

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Artist David Irvine takes existing, unwanted paintings and gives them a second life thanks to his hilarious additions. He calls this Re-Directed Art, and the originals are works that he’s located at thrift stores, yard sales, or even taken from a street curb. Irvine then paints pop culture icons like Darth Vader, Batman, and Bambi into the already-present idyllic landscapes, cityscapes, and turbulent ocean scenes. This transforms the narratives of these once-forgotten works into something that’s lighthearted and funny.

Irvine will often mimic the style of the original painting with coloring, lighting, and similar brushstrokes. But sometimes, he’ll completely ignore that in favor of creating visual contrast. Regardless of how he chooses to work, Re-Directed Art is clever – it saves neglected pictures so that people can enjoy them all over again.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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