Mike Mitchell

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There are just so so many pop-culture inspired illustrations brimming over Sir Mike of Mitchell’s cup. Quick. Drink up.

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Gerrel Saunders

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You don’t exactly see a long list of designers and illustrators from Trinidad and Tobago but Gerrel Saunders makes the cut with some hot and brightly colored poptastic illustration work.

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Joram Roukes

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Mashup of popular culture is probably the most accurate description of Joram Roukes’s artwork that takes elements from graffiti, cartoons, sports, movies and just about everything else put in front of us to distract us from the underlying decay of our society. There is also a bit of Francis Bacon peaking out from the seams if you look closely and that’s just enough to add an edge that can push things a just dark enough to make it very interesting.

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Mauro Perucchetti

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Sculptor Mauro Perucchetti blends pop and minimalism with a touch of sarcastic wit to help generate some truly exquisite sculptures. I would imagine a personal viewing of his exhibitions would be a memorable experience.

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Fab Ciraolo

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Fab Ciraolo has some excellent pop-infused illustrations that mishmash iconic personas from film and art with contemporary culture.

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Dave MacDowell: Updates

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It’s been a little while since I dropped in on pop culture, psychedelic painter extraordinaire Dave MacDowell and I am glad I did because he has since posted some new works to his Flickrfolio for the Thinkspace Gallery that are fantastic.

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Bryan Collins

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There is a lot of experimentation happening throughout the portfolio of artist, designer and illustrator Bryan Collins. He doesn’t limit himself to a single style or approach and as a result has arrived at some memorable outcomes within his work.

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JKB Fletcher

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UK artist JKB Fletcher combines pop, consumerism, super heroes, fashion and a good healthy dose of sex then throws them all in a blender and whammo you have some deliciously devious art. It might be cynical but it looks devine.

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Olly Moss at Gallery 1988

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Olly Moss caused quite a stir with his recent lasercut silhouette solo show at Gallery 1988. The gallery has sponsored and help bring forward some very interesting artists who are merging influences from movies, cartoons and pop culture. Olly’s poster work for the Alamo Drafthouse has helped his work reach a growing and passionate audience hungry for more. His show was a smash success with people lined up around the block to buy his prints. Apparently celebrities like Patton Oswalt were even at the show to grab a print while they lasted. Threadless has put together a nice little synopsis of the show that you can watch above and Slash Film also has a great interview with Moss posted on their site.

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Philippe Chabot

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Philippe Chabot on his work, “My work deals with absurdity, dumbness, disenchantment, cult and decay. I am interested in the ways television, radio, web and entertainment culture affect our social and individual identities. I am also intrigued by the position of painting among all the other forms of visual media that surrounds us, and I believe that visual art, in its institutional format, is evolving away from the general public.”

I haven’t just flat out ‘liked’ someone’s fine art in a while as much as I like Chabot’s. It’s like a blender of Francis Bacon, Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat and maybe just a hair of Walt Disney thrown in for seasoning. It’s everything I love combined.

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Angelo Bramanti and Giuseppe Siracusa bring waste materials and found objects alive to create some truly strange but memorable pieces of pop art under the name l017.

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Ivan C

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I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of Mexican pop artist Ivan Crush’s work at first. It’s repetitive but deliberately so and I can’t quite make out if it’s serious or poking fun at itself. It feels very urban and fashion orientated but their is also a subversive layer of cynicism just under the surface. It takes a while for it to sink in but when it does the hook sets a little deeper.

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Mario Wagner

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I don’t know if it’s just trendy to say that you are ‘so over collage right now’ but just when I try to say it to myself I discover another collage artist I respond too. There is something very ‘now’ about collage in that there is so much visual clutter out there now with the internet. Soon that information will be streamed through window advertising offering up an internet-archived smorgasbord of information. It seems to make sense to want to rearrange all of that imagery into something more meaningfully abstract. And Mario Wagner is doing that but adding a little splash of pop color.

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Self-taught Russian designer/illustrator Fill Ryabchikov isn’t afraid to use the color pink liberally. His glowing, 80’s sci-pop imagery will have you tripping through a retro-futuristic flashback forward like walking on a dream.

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Adam Neate

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Unfortunately Adam Neate’s website is somewhat difficult to use but Today And Tomorrow along with Trendland have done a fine job documenting and providing large images of his ‘Flock Series’ of 3D paintings created for Elms Lester Painting Rooms. They definitely draw inspiration from Francis Bacon but pull that kinetic emotional expression into the realm of modern pop art.

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Numskull: Updates

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Australian graffiti artist Numskull has continued updating his site with more examples of his sarcastic pop culture clash artwork that mixes typography, comic and cartoon imagery we all love and fear. If you are unfamiliar with his work you can read an interview with him at Side Street Sydney that gets into his process and the psychology behind his imagery. You can also purchase posters of his Wooden Toy Publishing and Stupid Krap.

I am a big fan of his work. His use of typography is of particular interest to me but the mixing of ‘pop/comic type’ with comic book and cartoon figures is just brilliant.

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Till Rabus

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Sex, art, surrealism, trompe l’oeil, violence and consumerism all slam together in the pop realist meets surrealist paintings of Swiss artist Till Rabus and there are moments of sheer brilliance happening in the mixto-art-soup that looks absolutely delicious. It’s rare that the word fabulous is apropos but alas here we are.

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Phil Ashcroft

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“Combining influences from abstract expressionism, British landscape painting, Japanese woodcuts, and graphic street art, Ashcroft integrates varied visual styles to generate a crossover between space, object and environment.”

There is something almost ‘comic book’ about some of London based Phil Ashcroft’s work and although it is in a sense abstract expressionism there is a deliberate pop flair about it and I like that. Abstract comic pop-expressionism.

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