Politics and art have a very tempestuous relationship at times, but one thing is for certain, they have a relationship worth talking about.
Politics has cropped up regularly throughout art history, spanning many styles and categories. As political issues are raised in parts of society, so too is an artist’s depiction of it. Whether it be a form of protest or support. One of the main styles of art that depict politics as the theme-of-choice is street art and urban art. It’s created by the people of the street directly affected by political decisions. However, the theme isn’t strictly limited to these styles of art. Here at UP & COMING ART, we represent many artists who practice different styles, who also choose politics as their focal-point in their artwork.
Take for instance Mexican, mixed-media artist Jose Cacho. He tends to discuss issues related to human nature in his work with a particular focus on women as a source of life and knowledge. His theory is that women are the factor of balance in society. Taking his creation, Millennial, Queen Elizabeth II is the subject matter - a figurehead that plays an important role in the discussion around politics. The title of the artwork is a dig at the young generation who may not recognise the other political figures in the image, Princess Diana driving a children's Mercedes car, the Queen clutches the arm of a soft toy, which just happens to be her son, Prince Charles. And former Prime-minister Winston Churchill appears as a stuffed toy smoking a cigar and clutching onto a balloon with a map of the world painted onto it. The whole piece is a satirical discussion of the role the British Royal family plays in world politics.
Polish artist Julita Malinowska is known for her stripping of unnecessary elements in her paintings, leaving behind the human subjects present in a clean, empty background. She too discusses social issues such as BLM and Women’s rights in her artwork, as well as politics. In her painting titled Margaret Thatcher And Deng Xiaoping Negotiating The Return Of Hong Kong, Malinowska depicts Margaret Thatcher, the ex-prime minister of Britain and Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese communist leader, lounging at the beach. They’re in negotiations discussing the return of Hong Kong. Malinkwska’s artwork is tongue in cheek, taking a heavy political subject and placing it in a scene of relaxation, turning the most serious political matters into a leisurely day at the beach.
Other UP & COMING artists that like to discuss politics in their artwork include the inconspicuous street artist, Moabit. He’s famous for his satirical money art, depicting socio-critical issues using famous cartoon characters as his subject-of-choice. But his art isn’t restricted to socio-critical issues but crosses the political boundaries as well, using characters like former US President, Donald Trump as his subject matter.
If you’re into a touch of satire and you have an interest in world politics, choosing a piece from the UP & COMING ART gallery that depicts this theme, is right up your alley. Our political artwork varies across subjects and mediums, so you’re sure to find a politically-driven piece in your preferred style of art.
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