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POP ART - 1950s 1960s

V. Ryan 2007 - 2010

 

Pop Art evolved from the growing interest in the world of popular culture, to an art movement in its own right, thanks to artists such as Andy Warhol and David Hockney.
Their pop art was often in the form of screen prints of everyday objects, colourfully presented. They used simple techniques to create their artwork (such as the silk screen process) which contrasted the techniques used by established artists of the 1960s. The use of these techniques meant that their work could be reproduced / printed very easily.
Their work was often amusing and used every day objects such as coke tins, dollar bills and comic strips as their subjects. Pop art also used the faces of well known people (Marilyn Monroe), again as their subjects.
 
 
 
 
David Hockney, from Yorkshire was a well known artist by the age of 26. Much of his art is colouful and reflects his interest in California. Hockney had a great regard for Picasso and perhaps this is seen in his painting, 'An Image of Celia. He is regarded as one of the artists who helped establish pop art as an art movement.
CHARACTERISTICS OF POP ART
 
Images used that represent the popular culture of the day.
Often everyday consumer products, such as soup cans or coke bottles were used as images.
Images of often colourful and distinctive.
Commercial printing methods such as silk screen used to produce paintings, making it possible for the general public to purchase a copy.
Pop artists often use images based on comic strips.
Multiple images of the same subject often used.
 
 
 
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