Art restored with a time-travel flourish

Jane Hanks talks to the artist Blase about how he gives abandoned paintings a fresh twist

Blase is an artist who calls himself the Hacker-Painter.

He rummages in flea markets, antique shops and auction houses until he falls in love with a damaged canvas, which he then restores by adding his own personal twist to inject a refreshing bit of quirky humour.

Until recently, he rented a gallery in Paris but was forced to leave when the owner sold up. There he used to cause quite a stir in his shop in the Galerie Vivienne, one of the most iconic covered arcades in Paris. Passers-by expected a traditional 19th century painting when they first looked at his shop window but they took a step back when they realised that the sombre ...

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