Superhero Timewarp

Sacha Goldberg has created a series of portraits which answers questions like, What if Superman were born in the 16th century? What if the Hulk were a Duke?

Sacha's newest work, Super Flemish combines superheroes and villains of pop culture with the artistic styling of 17th century Flemish painters.  Flemish painters of the 15th-17th centuries were experts at oil and utilized the medium to portray a robust and realistically detailed vision of the world around them.  They are known for their vibrant materialism and unsurpassed technical skill.  Here are some of my favorites from the Super Flemish collection.

Based solely on the number of pieces, I would suspect that Sacha Goldberg is a Star Wars fan at heart.  In his artist statement, he says:

Sacha wants to confront these icons of American culture with contemporary painters of the Flemish school. The collection demonstrates the use of 17 century techniques counterpointing light and shadow to illustrate nobility and fragility of the super powerful of all times. It also invites you to celebrate the heroes of your childhood. These characters have become icons to reveal their humanity: tired of having to save the world without respite, promised to a destiny of endless immortality, forever trapped in their character.

The superheroes often live their lives cloaked in anonymity. These portraits give them a chance to « fix » their narcissism denied. By the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible.

Looks like he may have nailed it! Be sure to check out the rest of the collection at his website linked above.  Until Friday, stay exceptionally chic and exquisitely geek!

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