Pop art is a relatively young art style. It saw its first daylight during the fifties of the past century and was named by the Lawrence Alloway. He was part of a group called The Independent. Alloway was the first to see the potential of this new style and saw it fit to give it a proper name: pop art. Pop art can be recognised by the use of popular culture. For example, the cans of soup from Any Warhol, the figures of Keith Haring or the comic book art of Lichtenstein.
The first artist to create pop art was Richard Hamilton. He named it Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Home So Different and So Appealing?. This work, one of the most influential pop art pieces in the world, is widely found on print and poster. Most of them are unsigned copies. The signed and original copies are very rare and very valuable. The original is safely stored in the Kunsthalle Tübingen.
Pop art is not just about protest. It screams protest. It’s about protesting main stream, consumerism, capitalism and, also, fine art. The extraordinary aspect of this style is the fact that the image can be so simple, but the message so powerful. When you study the works of the first pop artists you see very simple items, forms and bright colours. The famous Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol would be an excellent example; a simple design, with a very powerful message. Warhol created 32 small paintings depicting Campbell’s soup cans. He then organised them according to product placement as done by supermarkets. Every can is roughly the same. Only the type of soup changes. The message was very powerful. Warhol provoked the art world by basically saying their art was the same as a bunch of cans of soup in a super market.
These days pop art has taken many forms, but remains close to its roots; consumerism. Take the works of Joaquim Falco for example. His message revolves around every day items, people and persona. Vincent Coca Cola is one of his works that combines the old Dutch master with a squashed can of coke. A combination that might seem uncommon at first. But maybe tries to say that the works of Van Gogh are so widely printed and distributed that it’s like buying a can of coke.
Pop art is the right art style to acquire if you love colourful art that has a strong opinion about today’s society . The works combine everyday figures and items with strong colours, powerful characters and lively scenes. Furthermore, it makes you think about what is common and shed a new light upon it. The works of Falco are great examples, but don’t forget about BASM. His style mixes pop art and street art into amazing works of art. One if his best works is called Booty Call. It’s a wonderful mixed media art piece that takes the innocence from a famous child hood hero. It’s part of a series that BASM created in the same style. He uses acrylic paint on book pages and shows comic book hero’s and figures in rather provocative positions.
Pop art will stand out in any interior. It’s bright, colourful and will catch the eye of anyone that walks past. It will take some extraordinary guts to mix and match pop art with a rather classical interior. That said, the contrast might just be what you're looking for. If your interior is modern, this art style will complement it for sure. Especially a larger work can not be overlooked and will make for a rather splendid conversation topic.
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