POP ART - BLUB ON WORDS

What it is, is what it is. Or, to live or not to live. How we can define pop art is about as useless as trying to define whether clouds should be grey, white or smokey. They come when they do and we don't have much of a choice. And what the public decides is "pop" today, is flop tomorrow, so why expend the precious moments of the minds resources trying to predict the unpredictable, which is much a part of human nature and the splendid randomness therein.

About.com describes it as "Pop Art is a modern art movement, started in the 1950s, which uses the imagery, styles, and themes of advertising, mass media, and popular culture. Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol are among the best known Pop artists."

Wikipedia: "Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the mid 1950s in Britain and in the late 1950s in the United States. Pop art challenged tradition by asserting that an artist's use of the mass-produced visual commodities of popular culture is contiguous with the perspective of fine art. Pop removes the material from its context and isolates the object, or combines it with other objects, for contemplation. The concept of pop art refers not as much to the art itself as to the attitudes that led to it."

"Pop Art was started in England in late 50's and grew in the United States in early 60's. Among the Pop Art forerunners are two unique models - prototypes of the modern artists: the French artist Marcel Duchamp and the German Kurt Schwitters. Duchamp's work and his thoughts have altered the definition of the art and our way of understanding it. He was famous with his "ready-mades," objects torn from their usual contexts and exhibited as art. Kurt Schwitters produced collages and assemblages that lay somewhere between painting and sculpture. The work of his art turned into an environment that was no longer something only to be looked at."

 

 

 

Another example of "Icons" I used for my art is this picture of Roger Clemens from the New York Times December 8, 1998. I put an airplane on his hat which I usually include in most of my paintings. I use to be known as the “Air Plane Guy” when I
had a store selling air plane graphics on Tee shirts I designed. It was because of this store in New York City that inspired me to do art on canvas. People bought my t-shirts
because they liked the graphics. Rick Ocasick from the Doors was one of my customers as well as JFK Jr. who once came in from the rain and ended up staying for an hour.

Here is what I did with the Roger Clemens picture. The painting is 4’x 4’ acrylic on canvas. It is one of my favorite paintings because he was probably the greatest pitcher of all time.

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I do Pop Art because I am inspired by Icons around me. I paint POP ART. I find it fun. It's amazing how that word "fun" is so necessary these days. But if my work brings a smile to someone’s face and lift’s there spirits....then I've had a successful day ! Cindy Crawford was at one time the highest paid model in the world. When I saw this picture of her, it inspired me to do this painting. The painting is titled “Sex Sells “and is 4’ x 9’.

When people look at her they think of one thing…and she is thinking of another. This painting was sold to a client who is an Orthopedic Surgeon. She screws peoples bones together for a living …and perhaps they are thinking about how much the operation is going to set them back?