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.”

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Daniel Marsh
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OK... so we're gonna start right off with "so stupid it's kinda funny"?

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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.”

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Nancy Doughty
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see, "Let me paint your toenails, please, please, please."

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*Displayname*=idk
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just took a screenshot so I know what to do if someone says this to me🙃🤓

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Anne_boleyn6
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

😅😅😅😅😅I love this so much😅😅😅😅😅

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Daniel Marsh
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Finish the popcorn! If it's a good movie, you'll forget about it, but dear Lord, the ads before the movie take FOREVER!

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Remi
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My brain these days: "Noooo don't take away my masks! I don't want to emote! ... and also the omicron is still goin around, but mainly just let me be with a mask!"

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Remi
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thoughts and prayers, thoughts and prayers

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Oerff On Tour
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I drink to drown my sorrows. Unfortunately they're all very accomplished swimmers

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Liam F.
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

lol i love that, when people say it's hot in here my high school maths teacher would always say 'because I'm in here'

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*Displayname*=idk
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I sent this to my sister. [She calls me weird because I like cleaning, but only when no one tells me to do it]

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Official_Blink
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7 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dont worry , My child... "Back" in my days~ ......... Shitty pun lmao

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*Displayname*=idk
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of their cloths are very interesting, I can only imagine if we went out in that nowadays. The number of layers!

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Ethan Thear
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooof

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CookieCrump
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to think that a condom looked like candy for some reason. Now I know that it isn't.

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