Hi there world-wide-web!
My name is Konrad Ray Sanders, you may call me Kon. I’m a Pop Art Artist, originally from & mostly based in London, but have been known to scour the earth on artistic quests from time to time. I want to introduce you all to Pop Art Paintings.
So first of all, here’s a bit of background and history for you…
When we say ’Pop Art’ we refer to a term coined by John McHale in the 1950s which represented a pre-postmodern artistic movement that sprang to life at that time. This movement arose mainly in (my home city) London and also in New-York. The inspiration for pop art paintings was rooted in western capitalistic modern society and so the subject of these works embodied the crazy ’produce, buy & sell’ culture that was hastily developing at the time.
Pop art surfaced in many different forms, including fashion, music, theater, plastic art and of course (my favourite) pop art paintings.
Some of the absolute classic examples, that you’ll know even if you’re artistically clueless, include ‘A Shot of Marilyn Munroe’ by Andy Warhol, ‘Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Home So Appealing‘ by Richard Hamilton and ‘Whaam‘ by Roy Lichtenstein. Do they ring any bells? (Check out the pics)
Pop art paintings are usually characterized by a choice of subject borrowed from modern-day consumerist culture and are often painted in bright, bold, industrial colors. Pop art artists have been seen to extract the every-day object from its every-day context and fashion it magnificently into a symbolic icon. This is done by blowing up the images, coloring them with bright luminous paints and mechanically duplicating them next to one another like manufactured products in a factory or on super-market shelf.
By having such commonly-used, bland, conventional products at the fore-front of these paintings, the difference between art and reality is shrinking further and further until somewhere down the line it will be entirely lost.
Pop art paintings ironically criticise the manufactured world we live in today. Whats even more ironic is that images of the most famous popart artworks, such as the Marilyn Monroe, have become so popular, that they too have now been repeatedly reproduced on a mass-scale and consumed by the world’s hungry population.
But what can we do? We love pop art paintings!
If this all seems like artsy-jargon to ya, don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of pics coming up, so you can see it all for yourselves…