French artist Blase, aka Blasepheme, is well-known around the flea markets of his hometown Paris. He takes old paintings and brings them back to life in a satirical manner, crafting new ideas out of old artworks and giving them a second life through the addition of subversive details.
Referencing pop culture, his work features cues to slogans such as the inflammatory ‘Make America Great Again,’ iPhones, Charlie Hebdo and many other things that resemble the times we live in. The satirization of these issues is humorous in its own way but also reveals the absurdity of some of these things as well — particularly when juxtaposed against Renaissance backdrops.
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