This Artist Transforms the Portraits of Our Ancestors into Pop Culture Heroes

Alex Gross likes to bring up to date portraits made during the Victorian era. He turns them into trading cards that refer to the heroes and symbols of pop culture. Inspired by the sepia photographs of our ancestors, artist Alex Gross came up with the idea of creating surprising and fun mashups that bring together history and our popular culture.

Thanks to his work of painting on the old photos, the new characters that are created look vintage. Batman and Robin, for example, no longer wear their usual shiny costumes but masks and retro capes. The artist goes even further by imagining unusual scenes such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader reconciled, on vacation by the sea.

Alex Gross has published several books grouping his paintings. You can check out some of his most original creations below.