Pop Culture Art: How Well Do You Know it? March 24 2017, 0 Comments

Before any questions pop to mind, the word POP--with the aid of a dictionary--is an art in which common objects are used or shown. This may be road signs, celebrity images, soup cans, hamburgers, comic strips, and the list goes on. And more often, these objects are used as subject matter and may be physically incorporated into the artwork.

Pop Culture Art

For some, Pop culture art might be perceived as something enigmatic. It actually pays to know the underlying meaning of every Pop art.


How did the Pop Art pop to existence?

In 1954, the word POP was first coined by the British art critic Lawrence Alloway and made its way to the United States during the 1960s. It depicts a new type of art that was inspired by the imagery of pop culture, or the entirety of ideas, perspectives, images, attitudes and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture.


The group who led and explored more about Pop art

Lawrence Alloway, together with the artists Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton, was among the founding members of the Independent Group. The group--a collective of artists, writers, and architects--explored radical approaches to contemporary visual culture, and eventually became the forerunners to British Pop art.


Who is Pop art for?

Pop art also coincided with the youth and pop-music phenomenon of 1950s and 60s, and became very much a part of the image of a fashionable and hip London “swinging.” During the postwar consumer boom, Pop Art was the visual artistic movement that characterised a sense of optimism. It has different styles of sculpture and painting from various sides of the world. Pop art may be different from various countries, but one thing is for sure… it all boils down to the interest in  mass-media, mass-production, and mass-culture.


Put simply, it is the art of the popular culture.


The Ultimate Catalogue of Pop art Imagery in 1956

The ultimate catalogue of pop art imagery is the collage of Richard Hamilton Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different; So Appealing?

Pop Culture Art Just What Is It That Makes Today's  Homes so Different, so Appealing? Richard Hamilton Pop Culture Art

The collage heralded a widening of our understanding of what culture is, and was able to inspire a new generation of young British artists.


Pop Art personified

Pop art can also be personified, all thanks to Andy Warhol. One of his great works is the Marilyn Dyptych. Warhol was a commercial artist originally, and he derived his subject matter from the imagery of mass culture.

Pop Culture Art Marilyn Diptych

Pop is everything art hasn’t been for the last two decades. It’s basically a U-turn back to a representational visual communication, moving at a break-away speed… Pop is a re-enlistment in the world… It is the American Dream, optimistic, generous and naïve.” -Jim Dine


Interested in Pop Culture Art?

If Pop culture art inspired you, grab your pen and paper, and draw with all your heart’s content. And if you’re proud enough, then flaunt your own design!