I may not know thrift store art, but I know what I like.
January 27, 2008 8:01 PM   Subscribe

Sadly, a few of the galleries in the first link seem to be dead. Still, enjoy the glory.
posted by piratebowling at 8:04 PM on January 27, 2008

Also, although there are a few repeats, Hi-Art is a gem as well, especially for their bad art/good art discussion.
posted by piratebowling at 8:09 PM on January 27, 2008

My bread and butter.

(seen: Plastic Pirate Ship and Romper Room Mythical Horse Friends)
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 8:12 PM on January 27, 2008

I bought this cute little fellow a short while back, painted onto a thrift store landscape.
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:23 PM on January 27, 2008

Eddie Breen
posted by Bighappyfunhouse at 8:25 PM on January 27, 2008 [2 favorites]

I'm confused. The "Psycho Lady" featured in the first link is on the cover of the Amok Fourth Dispatch. Where did that painting originally come from?
posted by macrowave at 8:44 PM on January 27, 2008

I love this stuff.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:59 PM on January 27, 2008

If you like reinterpreted thrift store art *and* art in the James Kochalka vein, Travis Nichols does some wonderful stuff.
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 9:59 PM on January 27, 2008 [1 favorite]

I love the descriptions in the first link for the absolutely horrid "art". They're spot on.

I do have a problem with some of the artists' re-interpretations, though. For the most part, they look as if they spent all of five minutes on their "creations." A couple of them--the Evolution one, for example--show skill and catch the eye, but the others are just as bad as the works they are defacing. And it seems as if they didn't really put much thought into the progression from the first work to their own reinterpretation (again, Evolution is one of the exceptions).
posted by misha at 7:49 AM on January 28, 2008

misha: yeah - I kind of agree. More like.... several cartoonists were given an opportunity to draw goofy comic book characters on bad vintage portraits.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 10:56 AM on January 28, 2008

You guys are right. I couldn't look at all of those ones in the Eddie Breen link. For me, the originals are often fascinating, and not deserving of the sort of incoherent culture jamming they're subjected to.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:18 AM on January 28, 2008

Please consider the work of Wayne White who kills me.
posted by eve harrington at 7:27 PM on January 29, 2008

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