الأربعاء , يونيو 17 2020

Artist adds value to old paintings

Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper in a charity shop painting

Darth Vader outside a country house and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters visiting Paris.

An artist in Canada is turning old charity shop paintings into new pieces of art by adding in new characters.

David Irvine from just outside Toronto in Canada has just one rule – never paint over the original signature.

“They are usually old and in bad shape so I touch up marks and scratches to bring it back to its original form then I add in my own elements,” he says.

The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters

“Generally most are bought at thrift shops, yard sales and even salvaged from the curb. I hate seeing waste and when I see a painting collecting dust on a shelf, I see potential, not garbage.”

He sells his work through Etsy and says pieces can sell for between $300 (£200) and $800 (£535).

David has been working as an artist for more than 25 years.

According to his website, The Gnarled Branch, his “Re-Directed Art” has been sold to collectors around the world.

A cat peering out of the sky at a building in a charity shop painting

The idea for the name of his website was developed in 2004 when he found “a wooden table that was discarded in the trash”.

“[I] repaired it, refinished it and it became a beautiful painted piece of functional art.”

Halloween character leaning against a tree in a charity shop painting

He also produces his own original pictures, as well as painting furniture, boxes, ornaments and badges.

David also upcycles old vinyl records, painting over them to create new pieces of art.

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