Friday, 3 March 2017

Art on Friday; British Pop Art

Although the term Pop art is usually associated with the work of artists working in New York in the 1960s such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, the movement actually found its earliest voice in Britain a decade earlier. Still recovering from World War II, with a bankrupt population dependent on rations, the nation's artists looked west to the new consumerist paradise being advertised in the prospering United States. British Pop art rose out of a strong outsider's perspective as it looked both longingly and critically, yet with a healthy sense of irony, at the new visual imagery arising from this far off dream where everything from toasters to cars to beauty creams were placed on colorful pedestals in the glossy pages of magazines or touted on television in the hands of long legged beauty queens.

Here are some examples of Britis Pop art 

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi-'I was a Rich Man's Plaything' 1947

Richard Hamilton- 'Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?' 1956

Peter Blake-On the Balcony 1956-7

Patrick Caulfield- 'Greece Expiring on the Ruins of Missolonghi' 1963

Richard Hamilton-Fun House 1956

Gerald Laing-some works of his in one frame

Peter Blake-The Beatles Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

© KH

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