35 Funny Contemporary Edits Of Classical Art By Varkey Interview With Artist
Digital artist Varkey makes brilliant art mashups and collages which connect classical artworks and pop culture. This creator started his art journey during the covid lockdowns and has found success on Instagram where he shares his works.
He has accumulated more than ten thousand followers from around the world. Scroll down to see his works!
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Talking about how the idea to make the edits came about, the artist says: “It was during the beginning of 2020 when the lockdowns had just started that I came across the posters by the ministry of culture of Ukraine about the covid precautions in which they had put masks and gloves on characters in some famous classical paintings. I fell in love with this idea instantly and I wanted to do something like that.”
“I am a 28-year-old safety engineer,” Varkey introduces himself. “I love classical art, history, and geography. I don't have any background as a creator or artist but I have always loved classical art.”
“Whenever I see a painting I try to imagine how the painting would look if it was painted in the 21st century. I also try to correlate it with pop culture.”
When asked whether he ever faces creative block, the artist said: “Sometimes it is difficult, it depends on your mood or if you are busy with something. But classical art always brightens up my mood. I am an aesthete, I like looking at beautiful things, and what is more beautiful than a classical painting by Bouguereau or Carl Bloch or Vida Gabor? I have some friends who are very funny and are extremely sarcastic, so I also get ideas when I talk to them.”
“Mehmet Geren was a huge inspiration for me, I love all his works,” Varkey says. “It is difficult to develop a unique and distinct style nowadays but I guess it doesn’t matter because there is an audience for all of us. I don't think about it much because I do it mainly for my satisfaction, whenever I create something I feel content, and yes, whenever people appreciate what I do, it makes me want to keep doing it. If there is a market, I would like to sell my works as merchandise or prints in the future.”