Paint Thief
In the future, the worlds resources become very scarce. Humans have used everything up. Some artists resort to buying paint on the black market. This paint has been produced by stealing historic paintings and dipping them in a solution that is reconstituted into reusable paint. The value of new paintings made with rare colours has exceeded the value of old paintings. Even the old canvas stretchers are recycled. People want new things, despite sacrificing the old to produce them. 

Paint Thief is also a tongue and cheek painting about appropriation, using the painting titled Girl with a Pearl Earring 1665 by Johannes Vermeer. Appropriation in art is not a new thing, there are hundreds of copies of the Girl with a Pearl Earring. The qualities that have made Vermeer's iconic portrait make it such a popular subject for oil painters to try and emulate, many artists and portrait painters would love to have even a small measure of understanding regarding Vermeer's painting technique. 

But perhaps at its most simplest, Paint Thief is a painting playing with the famous Pablo Picasso quote "Good artists copy, great artists steal".
Created by William J Roberts