We’ve all seen that old artwork in hotel lobbies, thrift stores, and small town businesses. But what usually gets passed by is being re-made by DaveRuinsArt on Instagram, whose work transforms traditional landscapes with pop culture designs that brings sci-fi and fantasy worlds to life and lets the art live on in new ways.
These thrifted paintings may have been stored in a garage, stuck in an antique shop, or sent to the trash. Now their pop culture designs showcase Star Wars, Star Trek, Nintendo, Godzilla and more, presenting their double life from beachscapes to Star Wars battlefronts.
This artwork takes a talented-eye to see the hidden pop culture story hidden among the previous brush strokes. Here are a few examples of how the artist inserts modern characters into the traditional landscapes.
Netflix’s Squid Game took the world by storm in 2021. This re-imagined artwork makes the original version appear creepier in hindsight.
While we will never see Luke Skywalker and Grogu fight against a T-Rex on the big screen. In this way though we can happily admire the imagined action sequence. In the background, it appears the Millennium Falcon is coming in at the last minute to save the day. After all, it wouldn’t be a true Star Wars depiction without a last minute save.
These three pieces featuring DOOM, Godzilla, and Chewbacca are all going to a fan’s home. With the nature of this artwork, it may take a while for someone to notice the pop culture designs and characters within the landscape. Although, I’m not sure how hidden Godzilla can be.
These fandom creations up-cycle old artwork. DaveRuinsArt may be the name, but for myself (and I assume many others), it’s added new life and value to these landscape pieces. What do you think?