Pop Art: Popular ‘Art for the People’
An abbreviation of Popular Art, Pop Art is an art movement that originated in 1950s Britain and soon came to flourish in America in the 1960s. Drawing inspiration from popular appeal and mass media, Pop Art uses recognizable imagery that presented a new-age challenge to the once modest traditions of fine art. Likewise, challenging the culture and dominant traditional views of what art should be.
Bridging the gap between the exclusivity and classical art, the Pop Art movement made art accessible and connectible to the masses, influencing an entire new wave of artistry and expressionism. Paving the way, early 1950s British Pop Art drew heavy inspiration from an outsider’s perspective on western culture and post-war Americana. While early 1960s American Pop Art was inspired by everyday imagery and culture within American society.
Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, and Andy Warhol are traditionally viewed as the originators of Popular Art – Pop Art. Richard Hamilton is often labelled as founding father of British Pop Art. And in 1957 he defined the outlining characteristics of Pop Art as follows:
“Pop Art is: Popular (designed for a mass audience), Transient (short-term solution), Expendable (easily forgotten), Low cost, Mass produced, Young (aimed at youth), Witty, Sexy, Gimmicky, Glamorous, Big business”
Join us as we celebrate these iconic ‘characteristics’ in our currently featured in-house artists, highlighting these bold and vibrant colorways of popular imagery and satire that is Pop Art.
In the tradition of Pop artists, Isabelle Scheltjen’s favorite subjects are modern-day celebrities. Using her unique glass-fusing technique, she melts together different colors, textures, and sizes of glass, which she organizes into bold, vibrant and captivating glass portraits. As a result, Isabelle considers her work a form of contemporary pointillism. Likewise, the colorful glass pieces are like the dots of paint used by pointillists. And the glass pieces bring to life a larger mosaic style portrait. Adore some of Isabelle’s celebrity-subjects ‘from a distance,’ in her pieces – Woppi, Someone Who Cares, and Lilou.
The Contemporary Pop artist Srinjoy Gangopadhyay draws his inspiration from the overarching theme of contemporary utopia and its mirrored counterpart. Srinjoy’s works hold a mirror to reflect the contemporary experience. Or ultimately, depict a reflection that transport the viewer to an alternative world or experience of that utopia. Dive into Srinjoy’s beautifully vibrant displays of Pop Art that showcase some iconic pop figures of past and present.
The Bisaillon Brothers
Celebrating a creation of dramatic display of Pop Art & Culture, the Bisaillon Brothers – Jeffery & Michael, combine their love of digital art and symbols with an interest for the abstract and Pop Art world. Using various traditional and non-traditional media and a process mixing acrylic painting and graphic design, the Bisaillon Brothers create one of a kind artwork that is bold and vibrant. Feel the vibrancy and liveliness of these works as they come to life inside your domain. Browse the eclectic collection of Bisaillon Brothers’ work here at Art Leaders Gallery.
In a classic homage of Pop Art, American artist Craig Alan draws his inspiration from popular culture and from the masters of Pop Art past – Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Keith Haring. Displaying his skills using bold colors and fine detailing, Alan creates large portraits and scenes. Using various handmade stencils, Alan creates these illustrious depictions of Pop Art culture and imagery through his use of silhouettes. In other words, let his grouped silhouettes transport you through a sparkling and engaging timeline of Pop Art culture through his Populus series.
Abandon the normal drawings of geometric forms through textured surfaces and rough contours and explore the beautifully crafted Pop culture graffiti abstracts of Pietro Adamo. Adamo draws his Pop Art influences from all periods of artistry and most importantly from his surrounding environments, much like that of his ancestral homeland in Italy. Hence, Adamo’s influences create a pulsating sense of Pop Art and Graffiti Art through avenues of landscape and iconic imagery.
Specializing in sculpture, Ancizar Marin welcomes in a new-age twist of Pop Art to the traditions of three-dimensional artwork. Ancizar Marin creates an array of colorful wall sculptures of climbers, divers, skiers, snowboarders, koi fish, dogs and cats that appear to move across your wall and interact in your space. Marin creates these athlete and animal sculptures out of fiberglass and volcanic rock. These bold and vibrant sculptures bring a contemporary, pop art flare to your home. Consequently, watch these sculptures come to life and transform your wall into a living art space!
Published April 1, 2023