Dave Pollot

Dave grew up loving to paint.  He’d use whatever paint he could find to paint pictures on old discarded cardboard, as canvas was expensive and hard to come by.  Throughout his young life, he always imagined becoming a professional artist, but he also loved math, science, and problem solving.  So, Dave’s career path took an interesting turn, and he graduated college with a degree in Computer Science in 2005.  He fell in love with the elegance of code and has been writing software professionally since 2003.  He stopped painting for several years, but later found that he needed a way to balance his right brained world - so again, he began to paint.

As with so many other stories, Dave’s story was incomplete until 2010, when he met a quirky young lady named Becca.  Becca loved nothing more than to shop at thrift stores, and very often, she’d drag Dave along.  On one such trip, they joked about how fun it would be to paint funny things into some of the more (or less) interesting pieces of abandoned thrift art.  They laughed this off, until about a week later when Becca returned home from a thrift shop excursion with a painting.  Dave was instantly hooked.

Before Dave began repurposing discarded thrift art, he painted more “serious” architectural paintings and landscapes.  While he loved this, he also found that he got bored very quickly (which led to about three paintings a year).  Bringing new life to old art, though, brought interesting challenges with each new piece.  Dave attempts to make his playful “additions” (which are very often references to his favorite movies and video games) look as though they were there the entire time.  With a world so full of serious questions, Dave simply aims to let viewers laugh as they construct their own narrative from some new oil paint playfully added to some old neglected bit of Americana.

These days, Dave spends his days writing software and his nights with a craft beer in one hand and paintbrush in another, laughing to himself as he remembers the young kid who spent his childhood painting with second hand oils on discarded cardboard.

 

"I’ve always loved to paint, however I’ve found that my attention span is often outweighed by my eagerness to learn and master some new thing.  Repurposing old thrift art has become something of an answer to this problem.  The challenge of perfectly blending my additions to their new surroundings keeps my attention, and it makes me (and hopefully others) laugh.  My art shouldn’t be too carefully considered for gravity; it’s meant to allow the viewer an escape from the serious, if only for the few moments that they spend looking at some bit of pop culture mischievously inserted into something that might have hung in their grandmother’s house."

-Dave