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Thrift Store Paintings Are Better When Vandalized With Star Wars

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StarDestroyerStar Wars has become one of the juggernauts of popular culture, and it’s only going to get bigger thanks to Rebels, Episode VII, and the rest. Disney seems to be taking the same coordinated multi-media approach as they have with their Marvel wing, so we can expect to see Star Wars, well, everywhere in the years to come. But one place I wouldn’t have expected the galaxy far, far away to infiltrate is the canvases of second-hand thrift-shop paintings. One clever artist, however, is doing just that. Macklemore would be so proud.

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Superhero Kids Art Will Tap Right Into Your Nostalgia Gland

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WhoKidI’d imagine most of GFR’s readership fell in love with science fiction at an early age. Back when you didn’t have a care in the world and the afternoons seemed to stretch on for years, it was easy to let yourself dream about climbing aboard a sleek starship and seeing what was out there. As you get old you face the disheartening realizations of just how hard space exploration can be, and that far too few share your passion for it. Artist Andy Fairhurst’s “Superhero Kids” series taps into nostalgia for those simpler times in a powerful, visceral way that instantly snaps me back to the warm summer nights of my childhood, when a broken branch worked just fine as a lightsaber and the empty field across the street stood in for any number of alien worlds.

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Alien, Inception, And More Reimagined As Traditional Ottoman Paintings

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It never fails to amaze me just how many out-of-left-field ways creative fans come up with to remix and riff on their favorite movies. We’ve seen animated gifs designed to look like custom neon art. We’ve seen Lucasfilm and ILM employees take sidewalk art to the next level. And now? Now we can see what classic science fiction films such as Alien, Inception, and A Clockwork Orange would look like if adapted into traditional Ottoman-style paintings. See if you can guess which one this is.

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How Frank Paul’s Sci-Fi Art Went From Pulp Covers To Forrest J. Ackerman’s Walls

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ABaliens-bigOne of the things I love most about the golden age of science fiction is the cover art that adorned such iconic publications as Amazing Stories and Astounding Science-Fiction. Long before man set foot on the moon and we realized just how difficult exploring space was going to be, pulp covers gave us visions of strange alien vistas and the fantastic vessels that would take us there. One of the talents behind some of that iconic art was Frank R. Paul, dubbed by The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as the “father of modern SF illustration.” Paul’s covers for Amazing Stories and other such publications were, well, amazing.

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Fantastical Art Peppers Reality With Robots And Rusting Tech

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passerines_1920_badgeIt seems to happen every few weeks on this job, but I’ve fallen in love with a newly discovered artist yet again. It’s not terribly surprising, I guess. I grew up having my art transported to far-off worlds by artists like Robert McCall, Drew Struzan, and Chris Foss, so I’m always looking for someone else whose talents can capture my imagination in the same way. Today that person is artist Simon Stalenhag, whose work mixes gorgeous landscapes with fantastic technology straight off a sci-fi book cover, snapshots of day-to-day life with machines that seem to have fallen backwards through time.

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Stanley Kubrick Art Tribute Show Is All Monoliths And Murderers

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Joshua Budich – “Daisy”

In addition to being one of the most talented and respected filmmakers of all time, Stanley Kubrick gave our beloved genre of science fiction several instant classics. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a hypnotic epic stretching from the dawn of man to our near extinction. A Clockwork Orange adapted Anthony Burgess’ novel in cold, methodical fashion, serving up a bit of the old ultraviolence that inspired countless pop-culture references and hipster Halloween costumes. Those two films are just a few of the many being paid tribute by an exhibition that recently wrapped up its engagement at the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco. Thankfully you can still see what the show’s artists had to offer, and you don’t even need a plane ticket or a time machine.

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