Pop Art Photography

Discover our varied collection of contemporary Pop Art photography for sale. We have hand-selected each artist so that you are sure to find something to compliment an existing collection or be the perfect first purchase.…

Pop Art emerged in Britain in the mid 1950s and in the US in the late 1950s. The style is characterised by its use of imagery from pop culture and mass media and appears to celebrate everyday life and commonplace items. By incorporating kitsch into the realm of art, Pop Art artists drastically blurred the distinction between low and high culture.

The Development of Pop Art

In the wake of WW2 the USA experienced an economic boom and consumerism accelerated. The Pop Art movement was seen to respond to this cultural shift by engaging with commercialism and the forms it took.

One of these forms included photography. Taking influence from the mass media, such as newspapers and magazine, artists became fascinated by the images within them and how they influenced public opinion. Many artists began using these images in collages and later would go on to create their own.

Part of the interest in mass media was due to the development of celebrity icons and fans in the late 1950s and 1960s, both in the US and Britain. Pop artists began to experiment and play with the way that the public engaged with these celebrity icons.

Andy Warhol is probably the most famous pop artist and photographer, who through his interest in pop culture and use of celebrity icons, became a celebrity icon himself. One of his most famous series which was influenced by photography was of Marylin Monroe, where he painted the canvas and then screened the photographic image on top.

Warhol also photographed many influential and famous people himself, before editting the images into bright and contrasting colours. He would use silk screening to absorb the ink and create a contrasting colour effect. In some of the images, he would also remove all of the backgrounds to depict just the head, as a comment on how important individualism and self-image was to celebrity culture.

Our Collection

We have hand-selected a wide range of artists working in the Pop Art style and who include photography into their process. Developments in digital photography have led to multiple experimentations within the field and resulted in some fascinating pieces of work.

Etienne Clement is a French artist who creates detailed dioramas. He creates scenes using plastic figurines and varying backdrops. He draws on his interest and knowledge of history and uses his imagination to embellish his scenes with fictional elements. The result is a playful and witty social critique which has taken the basic principles of Pop Art and developed them in his own contemporary way.

La Vierge de Miséricorde. Wendy's World series (2007) is a striking image with the iconic Battersea PowerStation as the backdrop. The reflection on the water and the smaller figures coming out of the mud make for a highly intriguing composition.

Peter Horvath takes reference from mass media and photography to create deconstructed and recontextualised collages. His technique of using saturated colour, overlapping elements and manipulation of scale results in surreal and often humorous compositions.

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