#ArtKnowItAll: Pop Art

While on holiday in Germany this summer, I went to a lovely Pop Art exhibition at the Museum Brandhorst in Munich. I thought the colorful, unusual paintings (including a large collection of Andy Warhol’s works) were intriguing. Young, flashy and sometimes just plain bizarre, they inspired me to kick off my #ArtKnowItAll series with the Pop Art movement.

What is Pop Art?

From the mid 1950s to early 1960s, a new form of art emerged in Britain and America reflecting a post World War II world of manufacturing and industrialization. Bold, brash, fun and outrageous, Pop Art took imagery from popular culture and successfully incorporated it into modern art. 

Features

  • Inspired by commercial art and the media, Pop Art uses striking colour contrasts to depict popart 2.jpgidentifiable objects and people. The globalisation of pop music and Hollywood at the time created icons such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe who were often featured in Pop artist’s work.
  • Pop art also reintroduced structure and identifiable images to modern art, which was a huge change from the Abstract Expressionism that had become so popular.
  • New mediums and techniques were also introduced; collages, multimedia and machine-produced art became commonplace. 
  • A new emphasis was placed upon repetition and the mechanization of art, imitating the mass production and consumerist times.

Three Famous Pop Artists

The majority of Pop artists began their careers in commercial art.

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was a successful commercial illustrator before becoming one of the most famous American artists of his time. Warhol’s art used a variety of media including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. His work was controversial, blurring the lines between fine art and mainstream culture.  In 1962, he exhibited the now-iconic paintings of Campbell’s soup cans which brought both himself and Pop Art national recognition for the first time.

James Rosenquist (born 1933)also one of the protagonists in the pop-art movement,  started his career as a billboard painter.  He later adapted this visual language of advertising to the context of fine art,  taking fragmented, unconventional images and juxtaposing them on canvases to create visual stories.

Another leader of pop art, was american artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)However, his main inspiration was the comic strip. His works often featured thick outlines, bold colors and the unique Ben-Day dot technique (small, closely-knit dots of paint applied to form a larger image) which became so popular.

A Cultural Revolution?

Though Pop Art was a prominent movement in the UK and USA, it was undoubtedly a global phenomenon. Activists, thinkers and artists were “rebelling” against the confinement of what they felt to be a conformist society. Art students believed that what they were being taught at school was unrelated to their lives and current affairs.

And so, Pop Art sought to shatter the division between traditional “high” art and popular culture by celebrating everyday life.

I  hope you enjoyed the first installment in my #ArtKnowItAll series. As promised, I created some artwork inspired by the Pop art movement which you can see above.

Let me know in the comments below which art movement you want me to write about next month!

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I hope you’re all having a good week! I have some exciting news. Last Tuesday, my art class went up to Dublin to visit the National Gallery and the National Museum of Ireland (that’s not the exciting news, but I’m getting to it). They’re both lovely museums that I would recommend visiting if you’re ever in Dublin (admission is free, which is a plus for us broke students 😉 ). The National Gallery holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art while the National Museum displays a broad range of decorative art, archaeological artifacts and historical items.

Anyways, whilst admiring all the beautiful exhibitions it did come to my attention that I actually know very little about both modern and historical art. Now for a lot of people this isn’t really a big deal, but the fact that I’m planning to go to Art College in less than two years makes me think it’s probably time to start doing some research!

So, I thought  of a fun way to learn more about art and share what I’ve learned with all of you Artsy Teens…

I’ve decided to start a series called #ArtKnowItAll. On the first Monday of each month I’ll post about a different art movement, telling you about it’s historical background, it’s most famous works, important artists of the time and how they influenced society. I’ll also include a painting/drawing/sketch of my own inspired by the said movement.

Of course it’s impossible to truly “Know it All” where art’s concerned. This series  isn’t meant to be a really in depth study of all the art movements in history, but hopefully it will be a fun and interesting way to learn a little more about art!

But I need your guys’ help… Comment down below which art movement you’d like me to start off the series with! Classical Realism, Expressionism, Cubism, Pop art? Anything goes!

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I got a Graphics Tablet!

Hey Artsy Teens,

I hope you all got lovely things for Christmas. I got tons of amazing gifts from my friends and family including… a graphics tablet!

I’m sure a lot of you know what this is already , but in case you don’t – it’s basically a drawing tablet that connects to a computer and allows you to draw digitally using a special stylus.

Actually using the tablet is much more difficult than it looks. Drawing on the tablet and looking at the computer screen at the same time takes a lot of getting used to, not to mention learning how to use different drawing applications etc. So far I’ve only done a few quick sketches on an application called Krita, but I thought I’d share a few of them with you guys!

What do you think?

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