Shusaku Takaoka Merges Art History Icons With Modern Urban Life

Japanese graphic designer Shusaku Takaoka uses his keen photo manipulation skills to take some of the world’s most iconic paintings and fuse them with the gritty urban environment. Using famous faces like Van Gogh and Mona Lisa, Takaoka merges them onto bodies sporting the latest fashions. He doesn’t shy away from lengthening their hair, adding stylish hats, or even placing a cigarette to their lips. The playful project gives a whole new meaning to these painted characters, who now look incredibly modern. Takaoka imagines a whole new life for these people – they transcend their paintings and become the type of hip folks you’d easily find walking down the street or sitting on the subway. These photo mashups could be meant to make a statement on the influence of antiquity on modern society – or they might just be totally for fun. We’ll let you decide as you have a scroll through them below.

Shusaku Takaoka merges art history icons with modern urban life

Shusaku Takaoka merges art history icons with modern urban life

Shusaku Takaoka merges art history icons with modern urban life

Shusaku Takaoka merges art history icons with modern urban life

Shusaku Takaoka merges art history icons with modern urban life

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