Posts Tagged ‘Pop Art’

 

Populus: People Making People

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 by Art Leaders No Comments

Craig Alan Art ShowDespite the title’s multiple meanings, I am of course referring to the Populus figurative artwork series by our very own artist, Craig Alan! His artwork has captured the attention of many in the past decade or so since releasing this groundbreaking series.

Each painting from a distance can be described as a portrait – often a celebrity or known public figure. It’s when you approach the work and look closely that you start to understand that each line and detail making up the po

Craig Alan Populus Gallery Installation

rtrait is a unique individual of their very own. The figures that make up these portraits are always unique and interacting in a world within the depiction of another a human being! After all, aren’t we all just people made from people?

Craig’s inspiration behind the series began after he started taking photographs from his mother’s condo balcony, six floors up. As he captured the ever-changing crowds from a distance, a pattern began to form of a human eye in the lens of his camera. “This started my creative wheels turning,” Craig explains. Everything after that I suppose is history!

Craig has been expanding his series, offering originals, commission mixed media work, and has recently released a new limited-edition line on canvas! Craig now works in three different artwork classifications; Original, Mixed Media, and Limited Edition. His new limited-edition works (a line of about 15 images) are signed & numbered edition of 75 giclée’s on canvas. His mixed media on wood (his most popular genre of work) are available for commissions – they are customizable in size, color, and details (Clients have asked him to add in their names, certain figures, etc.) Then of course his original paintings where the limits are fairly endless, at the artists’ discretion of course (i.e. wanting him to paint your face in the populus style).

Stay tuned and let Art Leaders be your go-to resource for all things new with Craig Alan!

Craig Alan Painting, Marilyn Monroe: Fantasize, Populous Series

 

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Pop! – Goes the Art World

Posted on: June 26th, 2018 by admin No Comments

You can’t not know what Pop Art is. I mean –you can, but if you saw pop art you’d definitely recognize it. And that’s very much the intention of the movement –to be popular. Not to become popular, but to already exist as something popular. How can this be? Pop Art as a movement creates a mirror for popular culture –it’s things like Campbell soup cans, Wonder Woman, and large balloon animals. Pop artists have faced critiques of originality from the movement’s inception; however, one look at these artworks and you won’t be able to deny their creativity.

Pop art arose in the 1950s as a reactionary art movement to abstract expressionism. Abstract Expressionism concerned itself with the subconscious or the spiritual; it was spontaneous, automatic, and had great emotional intensity. The point was to avoid the artistic censorship that occurred after World War II (and all the political propaganda “art” that came with it) by creating art with abstract or neutral subject matter –think Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

Pop Artists entered the art scene in an attempt to lighten the mood from the intensity of this genre by reverting to the everyday realities of popular culture. They emphasized the banal, kitschy, even the cheap elements of society –employed in an almost satirical or ironic reaction to the art of the times. Things you’d normally see in comic books, advertisements, and every day mundane (albeit cultural) objects appeared in compositions whose creators called them “art”. And by the 1960’s, “Pop Art”, as it came to be known, was ready to change the world. Artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol dominated the art scene. But it wasn’t just an art-movement, it was an ideology; it was a lifestyle

In the 1980s Pop art had a resurgence known as “Neo-Pop”. Like the Pop art of the 60’s it was confrontational and irreverent and witty. The Pop aesthetic never really went away and can be seen today in street graffiti, comic books, photo montage, and large-scale sculpture. The movement remains relevant today because people are drawn to the objectivity of these artworks. Pop culture motifs give viewers a feeling of inclusion or belonging –the artwork has an immediate personal significance.

Were they trying to make a socio-political statement? A critique of society? Or were they finding real beauty in Campbell’s Soup cans? Maybe they just saw everyday objects artistically?

Images by: https://www.themodern.org/blog/Contemporary-Pop-Art/343 & https://mymodernmet.com/what-is-contemporary-art-definition/

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