May 4, 2017

An Artful Guest Blog by Senior Associate Curator at Saatchi Art, Katherine Henning

Senior Associate Curator at Saatchi Art, Katherine Henning delves into Saatchi Art's focus on Pop Art, curating art for your home, and where to hang your artworks!

by Katherine Henning

Lansdowne Painting by William LaChance
Lansdowne Painting by William LaChance.
Limited Edition 1 of 10 Printmaking by Patricia Derks
Limited Edition 1 of 10 Printmaking by Patricia Derks.

A relatively inexpensive way to give your home a makeover is to hang some new works of art. It doesn't need to be off the scale in terms of cost—if you buy works by emerging artists the prices can be very accessible and you will be giving invaluable support to an artist at the same time. But what works to hang and where?

The recent death of American Pop icon James Rosenquist has inspired us at Saatchi Art to look into the legacy of Pop Art and discover some of the stand-out emerging artists who are still flying the flag for Pop and advancing the limits of the genre.

Pop Art began in the 1950s and 60s with artists taking their subject matter from everyday life. Soup cans, cleaning products, newspapers, comic strips, television and famous personalities were elevated into the realm of fine art by some of the most famous names in the history of art, such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol.

 Desperado 3 Painting by Max Neutra
Desperado 3 Painting by Max Neutra.

Vibrant, sometimes irreverent, and borrowing images from fashion, celebrity culture, cartoons and mundane consumer goods, Pop Art is a reflection of our times as well as an expression of the artist's personality. Pop Art has since its inception generated debate, and hanging works of 21st-century Pop Art is a great way not only to transform a room but also to kick-start conversations.

First, think about the entryway to your home. This is the first space that friends and family will see so make a big impact through the artwork you choose. Belgian artist Thomas Gromas creates bold relief sculptures announcing clichéd phrases such as "Once upon time" and "Happily Ever After" in his signature colors of aqua, tangerine orange, yellow, black and white.

Country house (Casa de campo) New Media by Alejos Lorenzo Vergara
Country house (Casa de Campo) New Media by Alejos Lorenzo Vergara.

For the living room, focus on a statement piece to go over your couch. If you have high ceilings accentuate the lofty scale of your room with a vertical work. Otherwise, opt for a horizontal piece leaving some space on either side so that the artwork looks elegantly centered above the couch. Campbell La Pun, born in Australia and now living in Tokyo, is inspired by pop culture and Japanese anime cartoons. In his Spray Can series—a clever nod to Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Cans—he uses advertising images and recognizable consumer products to create bold and playful works.

And, finally, for the bedroom you could bring color and intrigue to the room with a strong colorful portrait. LA-based Annie Terrazzo artfully combines collage and paint in her seductive portraits. Or, consider a portrait by the British artist Pure Evil whose paintings and screenprints celebrate the sinister side of celebrity culture.

JOHN WARNER'S NIGHTMARE - BUBBLEGUM PINK Painting by Pure Evil
John Warner's Nightmare - Bubblegum Pink Painting by Pure Evil.

To see more of our recommended contemporary Pop artists check out this new collection of works Inspired by Pop Art. If you'd like to work with your own curator to find the right work for your space and budget Saatchi Art's curators would be happy to help you through our complimentary Art Advisory service.

Take a look at the Collection here.

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