Charlie Anderson‘s pop art paintings that mash up photo realism and urban pop art with a street art aesthetic. His work is a throwback to the punk art to the 70’s except that these are not advertisements for some gig or album and they certainly aren’t cut and paste collages. These are paintings and screen prints all laboriously put together by hand.
What I love about his work is the deception. You assume everything you see is re-appropriated from somewhere else such as advertising billboards, newspaper cuttings and street flyers – that he’s merely taken existing images and played with them – when infact he’s taking you for a ride. They’re not real at all. What you’re actually seeing is invented campaigns, posters and advertisements that reflect his relationship to society, how he interprets his position in it, how he responds to it.
He also has a great biog on his site. The best I’ve seen. It goes like this:
Since graduating in 2009, Charlie Anderson has pissed off art collectors, curators, graffiti writers, three world-renowned artists, been threatened by a leading London gallerist, and has been punched in the face by an artist from Edinburgh.
And here’s the more serious statement about his work:
His work explores contemporary culture through the sampling of the imagery taken from advertising, political campaigns and the music industry, and reflects the weathered and layered effect of outdoor billboards, which he re-creates through the sole use of paint. Anderson’s paintings are included in several international collections.