Vintage Photos Were Turned Into Modern Superheroes, And It’s Strangely Epic.
Vintage photographs are cool to look at and enjoy -- in fact, many people even collect them from places like flea markets and thrift stores, filling their walls with vintage portraits of people they don't know. Yes, they are that neat to look at. But one artist figured out a way to make them even cooler, not to mention bring them into the modern era (and even the future).
His name is Alex Gross, and he paints over old photographs from the 1870's, completely transforming them into recognizable superheroes with a vintage edge, as well as iconic people from pop culture. He calls it his "Heroes" series, and the seamless way he takes these old photographs into new territory is absolutely amazing. From Superwoman to Marge Simpson to an entire family of masked avengers, there's no painting challenge that Alex Gross won't take on to create his work. See some examples of these vintage heroes below.
Alex Gross has transformed dozens of vintage photos into paintings for this series, each one of them feeling more clever than the last. Here, he turned a vintage portrait of a gentlemen into the beloved character Groot.
Gross lives in Los Angeles, California, and has a very prolific career in the arts. In 1990, he received a BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Since then, he has had eight solo exhibitions at various galleries, and participated in dozens of museum and gallery exhibitions across the globe.
Naturally, his work is making a big splash on social media. People love seeing the old photos transformed into characters they love and recognize. In fact, he has nearly 100,000 fans on Facebook.
He loves doing the fun stuff, but overall, Alex Gross is like any artist: He wants his work to make an impact.
"I hope that my work makes a small difference in the world," he said in an interview. "Other creative people have influenced me as a person through their artwork, music, film, whatever. So, I believe, and i have been told by many people, that my work has a powerful effect on them. In this way, my artwork has had some impact on the world. I don’t know how strong it is, but it exists, and i am proud of this fact."
For more on Alex's work, you can check out his website.