One might describe Pop Art as the genre that “popped up” over the course of post-war America and Britain during mid to late 1950s. Distinctively derived from popular and mass culture, artists in this movement sought to explore re-imaginations of commercial imageries. Moreover, it gave way to certain accessibility in approaching art from the perspective of viewers; simplified, recognizable subjects allowed people to digest the artworks in this movement in a less high-brow manner.
Pop Art reached its height in the 1960s. Initially, as a mode of resistance against “dominant” approaches to art and culture, artists within this movement felt an imbalance between what they studied and what directly affected them in their day-to-day life. As such, they turned to what they felt were relevant imageries extracted from advertising, music, comic books, product packaging, and so on.
Here, we see how Pop Art still remains as one of the most popular genres in art today. Pop Art artists continue to draw from mass culture and continue to make works with mass production techniques. These emerging artists bring different aspects of Pop Art to the table. They interpret the genre with their brilliant individualities, and represent extraordinary talents of wondrous aesthetics and styles:
Resatio is a self-taught artist from Bandung, Indonesia. By deconstructing visual aspects of nature, Resatio uncovers new connections, ideas, and hidden meanings in his compositions. This pop-inspired process of collage is integral to his practice as he constantly searches for a wide array of materials that form his works, visualizing the final product as he goes along.
Resatio’s works come with a sense of surrealism. Using technology and digital media to construct his works, he creates new narratives of fantasy and dreamscapes composed of organic and intimate forms. This results in compositions that remind us of Richard Hamilton’s collages. His works are closely tied to Indonesian folklore, as well as folklore from around the world. By using elements of figuration, abstraction, and typography, an otherworldly contemporary Pop Art feel surfaces.
Korean artist Park Kyung Ryul majored in painting and drawing from Hongik University, where she received both her Bachelors and Masters. Inspired by the notion of memory, her works capture vivid scenes from her imagination and presents it to her viewers through these bright and bold creations.
Park’s paintings come with a certain fragmentation and reconnection of objects and subjects. This intentional fragmentation has even been applied to the entire exhibition as seen in Park’s solo show at Baik Art earlier this year, where her paintings, ceramics, and sculptures were arranged to form a whole. Entitled ‘On Evenness’, this exhibition forced viewers to not only view Park’s works as singular entities but rather as elements that contextualize each other.
Park’s works take on Pop-like characteristics and palettes of David Hockney and Tom Wesselmann. With strong contextual and academic groundings that accompany her stunning paintings, we suspect she won’t be an emerging artist for long.
Chiang Mai-based Jirapat Tatsanasomboon’s journey as an artist began during his childhood when he developed a passion for superheroes. His first drawing at the age of four was of Hanuman, a hero, and one of the most worshipped figures in Indian religion. Tatsanasomboon was additionally influenced by the icons he saw on posters and commercials as a result of his father’s job in the advertising industry.
Tatsanasomboon’s works have been fluently merging western icons with traditional Thai figures for the last twenty years. His work ‘Piss off (after Roy Lichtenstein)’ distinctly does just that. Featured in a solo show at YenakART Villa Bangkok, his practice seeks to warn viewers about the dangers of globalized popular culture and presents a quest for liberty. They directly address the problems of social inequalities and democracy, freedom of expression and morality in politics.
Fun and friendly, Hendra ‘Hehe’ Harsono’s works bring together many elements of the genre of Pop. Not only do his works trace elements of Pop culture, but they also bring together aspects of the indie movement, traits from graphic novels and ‘lowbrow’ art.
The subjects and narratives that Hehe creates in his works highlight his love for comics. His childlike and surreal characters have always been the protagonists of his works. These monsters and imaginary characters pop into his head as a result of his experiences and memories. Hehe then seals them in time through his paintings, showcasing his inquisitiveness and lifting the spirits of anyone who comes across them.
Hisahiro Fukasawa effectively combines techniques and visual concepts of the past and reworks them into a contemporary way, allowing his works to fall under the genre of Pop. He is inspired by Japanese painters from the Muromachi Period to the Edo Period (1336-1868), using techniques with 22 karat gold leaf to create his brilliant works.
Interpreting traditional Japanese paintings in a modern way, he seeks to fuse characteristics of the East and West in his works. This results in cartoon-like shapes with vivid and attractive colors that distinctively fall under the umbrella of Pop.
Sumit Mehndiratta is possibly the artist with the most diverse body of work on The Artling. His practice spans just about every medium, from painting to printing, sculpture, and installation. Venturing into the genre of Pop, Sumit has recently created works that exude similarities of Pop masters such as Andy Warhol and Alex Katz. He religiously continues to make vibrant works with his bright palette of choice.
Mehndiratta is influenced by all things abstract and contemporary. While he doesn’t see his works as under any “patented style”, it’s clear that they withhold traits of Pop all down to how they are made through mechanical and commercial techniques.
Kenny Low creates works that piece together mutations of cultures and global influences. Fascinated by the developments in Japanese Art and Design in the 20th century, especially since the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945, he went on to develop digital works that present brand new visions of cities. He embarks on an imaginary journey to construct dazzling imageries, redefining them under different contexts.
Low’s incredibly vibrant prints are cartoonish and colorful. Their dreamlike compositions resemble that of animation and commercial illustration, drawing influences from the works of Japanese Pop artists at the top of their field.
Jange Rae is a self-taught artist who explores themes of surrealism and hyper-realism in his works. His works feature icons of popular culture such as warning signs and fast food logos. Rae’s works wholly take on dominant traits of Pop with the inclusion of these imageries, while successfully highlighting themes of his home country’s condition, economy, and religion.
Rae is predominantly inspired by street art and has taken this inspiration to his canvases. He feels that there are similarities between street art and early forms of cave drawings where both are motivated by sending messages through the symbols they create and seeks to do the same through his works. These collages do just that, reminding us of how icons of American Pop Art such as Coca-Cola bottles and Campbell cans first defined the genre.
Ketna Patel’s works are best known for their contrasting primary colors and collage techniques. A British-Indian multimedia artist, she has been cited as a “Pop Art purist” because of how her works are created. By cutting manipulated color graded photographs of street scenes in Asia, she impressively creates silkscreens, prints, textiles, and even furniture.
Patel’s works often include themes of religion as well as scripts of various languages, with an understanding that both aspects play huge roles in the scope of popular culture. She states how her works are an “expression of where human society is today, and possibly where it may be heading towards.” Born in East Africa, educated in the UK, and based in South East Asia and India for the last twenty-five years has allowed her to have a deeply tri-cultural understanding of the world, and has further allowed her works to express these worldly realizations.
Tetsuya Fukushima has worked in the United States, United Kingdom, and his home country of Tokyo as a graphic designer. Now based back in Japan, he creates works that vary between spontaneous and concept-driven, all while being inspired by geometry, art history, and pop culture.
The bold and bright nature of his works, along with their simplified motifs, is akin to that of Allan D’Arcangelo. Fukushima’s works explore the boundaries between aspects that contradict each other, such as chaos and order, natural and artificial, construction and destruction, dream and reality. This can be seen through his works of imageries that physically reflect and contrast each other. Pop influences are also prominent through Fukushima’s witty use of composition in his works.
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