Works on Paper (Hand Finished) by Dave Pollot

Works on Paper (Hand Finished) by Dave Pollot

Dave Pollot is a New York based artist who is known for his altered thrift art paintings. He finds abandoned 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.

From the Artist

“My creative process begins inside thrift shops where I find abandoned and forgotten artwork. I use oil paints to alter these pieces and blend my additions – often elements of pop culture – transforming them into new works with new meaning.

There were two pivotal moments in the genesis of my art. The first happened during a conference call early in my career as a software engineer. One of the older callers referenced a movie that was popular just before I was born. Assuming I’d never seen this movie, the caller joked that I wouldn’t understand this particular bit of pop culture – it was before my time.

The second happened in 2010 when I met an avid thrifter who would later become my wife. She was compelled to stop in every second-hand shop she passed and I was compelled to spend as much time with her as I could. While she searched the shelves for treasure, I looked through the dust-covered stacks of old artwork. We lamented that something that had been in the background of so many lives was now abandoned and unwanted and wondered if there was a way to bring it back to life in today’s world. A week later I finished my first altered thrift painting.

My work explores the questions that arose from those two experiences:

-Can any one generation claim sole custody of any particular cultural icon or bit of pop culture? In the age of easy access to infinite content, pop culture has become a language unto its own. Looking through post comments found on most any user-curated content site reveals a new way of distilling complex thoughts and ideas into something as simple as silent clip from a favorite movie. Although these comment sections can often be a vitriolic wasteland, it is interesting to see the language of pop culture bridging nearly every cultural, geographic, and generational divide.

-By what rubric do we as a community of consumers and critics decide what artwork will remain relevant and what will ultimately find its way to the forgotten stacks on thrift shop floors? It’s an interesting challenge to transform the meaning of an existing work through additions which were made to look as though they were always there. It’s also fascinating how this change in meaning can drastically alter one’s perception of, and potential desire to own some particular piece of artwork once considered kitsch or tacky.

My work is the confluence of time periods, zeitgeists, styles, and intentions. By integrating distinct elements of pop culture from one generation into the abandoned artwork of another, cultural property lines are blurred and forgotten art is reinvented and transported into a more communal world where things like ‘modern nostalgia’ and ‘classical pop art’ make sense; one in which viewers are allowed an escape, if only for the few moments they spend looking at some bit of pop culture mischievously inserted into something that might have hung in their grandparents’ house.”

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Artwork

Calorie Composition 8 (Bacon & Honey Mustard) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 8 (Bacon & Honey Mustard) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 8 (Quite A Pickle) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 8 (Quite A Pickle) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 8 (SzeChuan Madness) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 8 (SzeChuan Madness) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 8 (Dip) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 8 (Dip) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 8 (Fancy Ketchup) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 8 (Fancy Ketchup) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 4 (Toasted Coconut) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 4 (Toasted Coconut) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 4 (Glazed & Confused) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 4 (Glazed & Confused) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 4 (Chocolate Lovers) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 4 (Chocolate Lovers) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 4 (Donut Holes) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 4 (Donut Holes) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 4 (Halloween Donuts) by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition 4 (Halloween Donuts) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life II (Jalapeno Chex Mix) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life II (Jalapeno Chex Mix) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life II (Pistachio Deluxe) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life II (Pistachio Deluxe) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life II (Crunchy Cheetos) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life II (Crunchy Cheetos) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life II (Pepperoni Pizza) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life II (Pepperoni Pizza) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life II (Spicy Combo) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life II (Spicy Combo) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life I (Cream of Mushrrom Soup) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life I (Cream of Mushroom Soup) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life I (Cream of Mushroom Soup) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life I (Tomato Soup) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life I (Tomato Soup) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life I (Beef Ramen) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life I (Beef Ramen) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life I (Creamy Peanut Butter)
Shelf Life I (Creamy Peanut Butter) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life I (Creamy Peanut Butter) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life I (Cheese Ravioli) by Dave Pollot
Shelf Life I (Cheese Ravioli) by Dave Pollot
AP Mystery Edition by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition II Hand Embellished Mystery Edition by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition II Hand Embellished Mystery Edition by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition II with Rainbow Sprinkles
Calorie Composition II with Rainbow Sprinkles by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition II with Rainbow Sprinkles by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition II with Halloween Globall (1)
Calorie Composition II with Halloween Globall by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition II with Halloween Globall by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition II with Mint Oreos by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition II with Mint Oreos by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition II with Crushed Peanut Butter Cup Toppings
Calorie Composition II with Crushed Peanut Butter Cup Toppings by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition II with Crushed Peanut Butter Cup Toppings by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition II with Rainbow Rice Krispies by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition II with Rainbow Rice Krispies by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition I with Birthday Bacon by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition I with Birthday Bacon by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition I with Extra Cheese
Calorie Composition I with Extra Cheese by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition I with Extra Cheese by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition I Hold the Onions, with Honey Mustard Sauce by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition I Hold the Onions, with Honey Mustard Sauce by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition I with Onions by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition I with Extra Onions by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition I with Extra Onions by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition I with Extra Pickles, Sweet and Sour Sauce by Dave Pollot
Calorie Composition I with Extra Pickles, Sweet and Sour Sauce by Dave Pollot