David Irvine’s Outlandishly Fun Re-directed Paintings


Thrift store paintings, while pretty to look at, are not really what comes to mind when you think of interesting artwork. Toronto-based artist David Irvine, however, is changing all that by taking these bland thrift store paintings and “Re-direct” them by adding your favorite characters from pop culture.

According to Irvine, thrift store paintings always had a soft spot in his heart. “There’s a certain nostalgia to them and I really like the old-style frames,” he says. “You just don’t see these in department stores any more.”

Irvine used buy these cheap paintings to paint over and reuse as blank canvases, then one day started painting on the pictures themselves. Over the years, he has “Re-directed” hundreds of paintings, adding out-of-place characters like Chewbacca or He-Man into idyllic, rural scenes. Check out more of his outlandishly fun re-directed paintings below. Enjoy!

1. A Summer Place

A summer place.

2. Afternoon Skate

Afternoon skate

3. Approaching The Finch Line

Approaching the Finch line

4. Awaiting


4. Beaker Bay

Beaker Bay


5. Desperate Measures

Desperate Measures

6. Disgruntled Neighbor

Disgruntled Neighbor

7. Eyes in The Sky

Eyes in the sky

8. Friday Afternoon

Friday Afternoon

9. Fun At The Beach

Fun at the beach


10. George


11. Goblin Fair

Goblin Fair

12. Going Down Memory Lane

Going Down Memory Lane

13. Hi-Score


14. Ladies in Red

Ladies in Red

15. Late For Band Practice

Late For Band Parctice

16. Late For Church

Late For Church

17. Les Ramones

Les Ramones

18. Meat Migration

Meat Migration

19. Night on The Town

Night on the Town

20. Play With Us

Play With Us

21. Realization


22. Returning From Market

Returning from Market

23. Snack Time

Snack Time

24. Something Odd in The Garden

Something odd in the garden

25. Swooped


26. Terror on The High Seas

Terror on the High Seas

27. The Consultation

The Consultation

28. The Gardener

The Gardener

29. The Last Comic Con

The Last Comic Con

30. Vacation