Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pops on Pop Art





Acrylic on gessoed hardboard, 2011
12 x 16, painting #200

The inspiration for this painting is a play on words that emerged during the photo studies I did for the painting ''Sally blowing bubbles, an homage to Charles Schulz''. Pops, a hard candy lollipop with a bubble gum center was introduced after Tootsie Roll acquired Dubble Bubble in 2004. It is a modern take from the Tootsie Pop, first introduced to the public in 1931, 80 years ago.

The art book is Pop Art, by Tilman Osterwold, originally published in 1990 by Taschen. This edition was part of Taschen publishing 25th anniversary, printed in 2007 featuring Roy Lichtenstein's M-Maybe (a girl's picture), 1965 on the cover. In reference to the book's content, an original Tootsie Pop appears in Richard Hamilton's 1956 collage, Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?

This is a milestone painting in my artistic career, as it marks my 200th original piece. I have been painting for 24 years. From 1987 to 2000, I only produced an average of two paintings per year, 27 in fact. I became more prolific in 2001 when I started painting for my first solo show that consisted of all new works. That 2002 show entitled Perspective would be the catalyst to jump start my professional career. My artwork is forever changing, but it doesn't get any easier with time. I found this piece to be especially challenging.  It might just be the fact that I'm tackling subject matter that I often find intimitating to paint. Rather than viewing it from a technical aspect, I try to focus more on composition, artistry and content.

-SOLD

8 comments:

Pierre Raby said...

Outstanding piece of Art Alvin. I'm deeply impressed by the ever growing level of quality shown through all of your works during the recent months. Again, I can feel your passion for Art, craft and design... beautiful painting!

lampros lampinos said...

always perfect, and today perfect!

Kari Tirrell said...

I love everything about this, Alvin. It definitely looks like it would be challenging to paint, but it was perfectly executed, like everything you do. I love the nostalgic feel of it as well. Awesome work!

Carrie'sCreations said...

Another amazing piece! I just love your work so much. The research and story behind it is fascinating! Great job on the candy wrapper, amazing!!

Nancy Goldman said...

Congratulations on your 200th original painting. Your painting abilities are unbelievable. I always look forward to each new post.

Alvin R. said...

Thanks you all for the most thoughtful comments, much appreciated!

Lisa Graham Art said...

Dear Alvin, congratulations on the completion of your 200th painting. I am an awe of your art work...I thought they were photographs at first, they looks so real. Your vases on the books of Monet and Klimt are something! And the fact that you are a self taught artist gives me hope. I am nearly 44 years old and started drawing and painting only two years ago. Maybe after I have been painting 27 years was it? I can be half as good as you.

Scott Ruthven said...

Fantastic!