Post-Art: Give the gift of you
For as little as $270, Holmgren places a customer's image into an old masters painting, a 1950's-style movie theater card, or a piece of Pop Art. His works are framed and can take the form of a standard paper print or a laquered-canvas oil painting.
Basically, Post Art's customers choose a painting and send a collection of photos that seem to fit the piece. The company then works the customer's image into the art and sends a digital preview. If the customer is pleased, Holmgren produces the canvas, signs it, and covers it in several layers of lacquer.
On the one hand, Holmgren seems to be charging a lot for what are, essentially, bastardized copies of great art. On the other hand, the price of a Giclee printing on canvas and subsequent lacquering is far from negligible. If one can afford it, there's a lot to be said for blowing a few hundred dollars on a permanent piece of semi-art that is in questionable taste. If one can't, there's always the inkjet-and-photoshop route!
Bruce Watson is a freelance writer, blogger, and all-around cheapskate. Guess whose wife is getting a mounted print of him standing naked on a scallop shell, surrounded by cherubs?