Dave Pollot: Bringing New Life to Old Art
ibbyMar 19, 2020
As we’re all living in a current reality that feels more like a fictional book or movie we’re doing our best to share content that we hope will help uplift spirits, if even for a brief moment. We’re amongst those sheltering in place here in the Bay Area and concurrently I’ve been researching more good news to share with our readers. Thanks to my friend Erica over at HonestlyWTF I came across the work of a unique artistic talent named Dave Pollot, a former software engineer bringing new life to old art. Dave finds inspiration by way of unwanted thrift shop art, bringing a whole new meaning to the piece oftentimes influenced by pop culture or current events. For example, Dave uses popular food items inserted into still life paintings to represent the distractions (both mental and material) that prevent us from being present and focused on where we are and what we’re doing. Please enjoy just a smattering of this creative talent’s work here.
“Painting has always been something of a hobby to me, but it wasn’t until I started repurposing thrift art in 2012 that I did it with any real consistency. The idea actually began as a joke between my wife (who loves to shop at thrift stores) and I, but it quickly evolved into an attempt to answer a question: Could I take a piece of unwanted art, and without changing its aesthetic, change its meaning by painting into it some bit of pop culture/nostalgia and make it desirable in the modern world?
About Dave Pollot
Dave Pollot is a New York based artist who is known for his altered thrift art paintings. He finds unwanted artwork and adds his own touch – most often pop culture parodies – and in doing so, bridges the divide between classic and pop art.
His artwork has been displayed and found homes in galleries, businesses, and private collections in all 50 states and in over 40 countries around the globe. His work has attracted attention from the media both in the U.S. and abroad, including Business Insider, Instagram, and the SyFy Channel, and his corporate clients include SONY, Instagram, and Troegs Brewing Company among others. When he’s not painting, he can be found spending time with his wife and two dogs.