We’ve all seen those landscape paintings in charity shops. Those ones that look like they’ve escaped some 1970s living room. There’s no denying that the art is well done, but there’s something about the tone or the palette that just makes them feel tired and old.
A friend linked me to this article on Twisted Sifter on a couple of artists who are buying these old landscape paintings and adding monsters to them. I love the whole art clash going on here, the idea of taking something as old and tired as a landscape painting and giving it new life and making it into something fresh.
I particularly like the pieces by artists Chris McMahon. There’s something very current and fun about his monster design. Whilst I wouldn’t want to hang one of the original landscapes on my wall, I would Chris’ revised pieces.
You can check out all his images and order prints from his DeviantArt page.