This in response to material submitted to the Star on March 4. The question posed was “What is the problem with pop art?”
This is a loaded question, as if the public has a problem with it already. Operating as an artist dealing with that type of material I have found it to be quite the opposite from the public and business sectors.
The studios behind big franchise universe building encourage fans to produce pieces based on their characters and most of the time end up using the results as drafting pools for future jobs within the actual industry.
My stenciled storm window paintings are the finished works of sincere passion and an attempt to stay relevant.
You have to be able to see the relationship to the mundane everyday things, your most haunted memories and your true loves. That’s the formula, plus relentless practice. I’m no expert but I see no problems at all with pop art.
It’s inventive, creative, exciting and anyone with a big enough heart for the thing that brings them back to the innocence of their own childhood can become a pro with time and dedication. So give it a try. You might just shock your worst critic — yourself.
Buck D. Addams