As you know, lately I’ve been fascinated with recycled art, or the process of one artist adding their own vision to already existing, usually cheery and innocuous works, especially those that are sold for pennies at thrift stores. And it looks like a lot of you guys are too. So if you enjoyed last week’s mash-up works by Chris McMahon and Thyrza Segal, then you’ll dig what artist Jeff Bennett has done with the ubiquitous work of artist Thomas Kincade.
A prolific artist, the recently deceased Kincade was claimed to be “America’s most-collected living artist” before his death, with an estimated 1 in every 20 American homes owning a copy of one of his paintings. He specialized in dreamlike visions of perfect towns and villages, using done up in warm, twinkling lights, which prompted Kincade to be dubbed “The Painter Of Light.”
But in a series called, “War On Kincade,” Bennett places Kincade’s bucolic settings right in the middle of an aggressive occupation by the Galactic Empire of Star Wars. Bennett seamlessly introduced the stormtroopers, creatures and machines of The Empire into the scenes, and it’s amazing how seamlessly some of them fit. Still, it doesn’t look like the Force is with the cutesy villages and cottages of Thomas Kincade, and while Darth Vader is nowhere in sight, where’s Luke Skywalker when you really need him?