Pop Art emerged during the mid to late 50s, taking the art world by storm. This post-war movement focused its attention on pop culture and the power of images. Often displaying images of found items, comic book style graphics and cultural phenomena.
Pop Art reached its peak in the 1960s and has been a popular art subject ever since.
Andy Warhol is probably the best know American Pop Artist, and his images of everyday objects as in his ‘Campbell’s Soup Can’s’ and popular icons in his numerous reproductions of ‘Marilyn Monroe’.
Roy Lichtenstein used the medium of comics for his well-known works such as ‘Whaam’ and ‘Drowning Girl’. Other big names in American pop art include Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine and James Rosenquist.
British Pop Art began in the 1950s and was associated with the Independent Group which included the likes of artists Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi. One of the most recognised pop art artists is the godfather of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake.