Owen Dippie is starting a modern renaissance in Brooklyn. Within the past couple of months, the New Zealand-born street artist has put up two pieces in Bushwick that skillfully remix the work of the Renaissance masters and contemporary art and culture. Dippie’s clever pieces appeal to art lovers of all styles.
For Dippie, creating these mashups is like paying homage to his idols. Growing up, Dippie’s biggest influences were Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, Andy Warhol, Basquiat and Keith Haring. As he grew older and became more exposed to other artists, the Renaissance masters began to grow on him as well. With such varying influences, it makes sense for Dippie to have created these pieces.
Dippie’s first mashup combines Raphael’s “Madonna del Granduca” with Keith Haring’s “Radiant Child.” Dippie calls it “Radiant Madonna.”
Dippie’s second mashup, completed earlier this July, features the Renaissance masters themselves donning the masks of every ’90s child’s favorite reptilian heroes: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The piece directly ties history with pop culture.
See more of Owen Dippie’s work here and in our gallery below.
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Photos © Jaime Rojo via Brooklyn Street Art
Neighborhoods : Bushwick