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2 Friends -feat. Girl with a Pearl Earring and Mona Lisa

When it comes to mixing pop culture with classic icons and urban environments, blending sacred and profane, adding sense of humor and, sometimes, also denouncing aspects of an ultra-consumer and over-connected world, Japanese graphic designer Shusaku Takaoka is certainly one of the pioneers of this genre.

His is a generation of creative minds who act mainly in their spare time, by putting at the centre of every composition the same characters, masters and artworks — Vincent van Gogh’s self-portraits, Mona Lisa, Botticelli’s Venus, Nathalie Portman or the Girl with a Pearl Earring — keeping them alive and passing on their message and beauty through a hip reality.

Ice Scream – from The Scream
The Cleaning of Adam – from The Creation of Adam
Pest Control – from The Last Supper
Twisting Gleaners – from The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet (1857)
Maria taken away by the police – from The Sound of Music by Robert Wise (1965)
Mathilda and Sunflowers – from Léon: The Professional by Luc Besson (1994), feat. Sunflowers series by Vincent van Gogh (1888-1889)
Shining Arles – from Bedroom in Arles by Vincent van Gogh (1888-1889), feat. Wendy and Jack Torrance from The Shining by Stanley Kubrick (1980)
Starry Jaws – from The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh (1889), feat. Jaws
Netflix Addicted – from Cinderella (1950)
Love Drops – from Aladdin (1992)
My Dream – from The Notebook by Nick Cassavetes (2004), feat. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un
Hand in Hand – feat. Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 Self-Portrait and Girl with a Pearl Earring
Air Jordan (Nike)
A Pair of Nike Clogs – from A Pair of Leather Clogs by Vincent van Gogh (1888)
Venus on the Subway – feat. The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (1485–1486)
Mona Lisa on the Subway – feat. Mona Lisa
F**k Off – from Girl with a Pearl Earring
Urban Portraits – feat Vincent van Gogh’s self-portraits

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