Creative License. Comparing Michael Kalish’s Works With The Original Art That Inspired Him.

a composite of Banksy’s Flower Thrower with license plate version by Michael Kalish

There are actually several artists out who have found creative ways to “up-cycle” license plates from automobiles. One of the most respected and well-known, is artist Michael Kalish.

Michael Kalish License Plate Recreations (and the originals that inspired them)

His impressive repertoire of work contains imagery of American culture – from flags and automobiles to portraits of entertainers such as Johnny Cash. But in the pieces I am sharing with you in this post, he’s taken modern, pop and urban art by well-known artists and recreated them in his style using metal license plates.

Michael Kalish

At first glance, these works of artists Banksy, Warhol, Tom Wesselman, Murakami, Keith Haring, Shephard Fairey and Roy Lichtenstein look like the original pieces until you get closer and see that they’ve been crafted from metal license plates.

I’m going to share with you both Michael Kalish License Plate Recreations along with the original pieces that inspired him.

Roy Lichtenstein’s Girl With Hair Ribbon by Michael Kalish:
Roy Lichtenstein's Girl With Hair Ribbon by Michael Kalish

The original by Roy Lichtenstein:
lichtenstein original

Andy Warhol’s Marilyn by Michael Kalish:
Andy Warhol's Marilyn by Michael Kalish
kalish marilyn
The original by Andy Warhol:
warhol marilyn

Tom Wesselman’s Beautiful Bedroom Kate by Michael Kalish:
Tom Wesselman's Beautiful Bedroom Kate by Michael Kalish
kalish wesselman
The original by Tom Wesselman:
tom wesselman art

Banksy’s Flower Thrower by Michael Kalish:
banksy flower thrower by michael kalish
kalish banksy flower throwe
The original by Banksy:
banksy flower thrower

Shepard Fairey’s Obama by Michael Kalish:
Kalish Obama fairey
The original Obama art by Shepard Fairey:
Obama art by Shepard Fairey

Takashi Murakami’s Louis Vuitton Pattern by Michael Kalish:
Takashi Murakami's Louis Vuitton Pattern by Michael Kalish

The original by Takashi Murakami:
murakami takahishi LV

Dog, Baby and other Keith Haring icons by Michael Kalish:
kalish keith haring art
dog close-up:
kalish haring
The original by Keith Haring:
keith haring dog

About the Artist:

Michael Kalish is an internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor who has a natural ability to transform ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art.

The subjects of Kalish’s work reference a broad sampling of American culture, from the all-American pastime of baseball and the morning cup of Java to portraits of popular, political and cultural icons.

His signature medium, the license plate, embraces his ideal of Americana with his own contemporary sophistication, curiosity and distinctive style. Many of his unique sculptures have found permanent parking spots in a number of Hollywood homes.

Over the past 15 years, Kalish has garnered national and international press exposure as well as solo shows and representation in galleries around the world. He has been the feature of stories in publications from the NY Times and People to Art in America and USA Today, as well as TV appearances on CBS Sunday Morning and CNN’s “To the Top.” realize marks an entrance into a new medium of work for Kalish, publicly installed monuments.

Michael Kalish