CONTEMPORARY POP! | JOS COUFREUR
Many are familiar with the rise of the iconic 1950s art movement of Pop Art. These were the days of Lichtenstein and Warhol, artists who transformed recognisable and everyday imagery sourced from popular and commercial culture into works of fine art, offering a new vision of the world.
Today, in an age of digital technology which proliferates popular content wider than ever before, the characteristics of Pop Art seem at home in our current environment.
Jos Coufreur is one such artist who associates himself with the outlook of the Pop movement. But through the incorporation of his own unique expressive style, he is able to contribute his own vision to the genre. Coufreur's work is enjoyed for his bold depictions of iconic celebrities and local places, captured with energy.
View recent works by Jos Coufreur here
DESTROY TO CREATE | KEITH GRINTER
Keith Grinter's unique style of blowing glass continues to grow in popularity. Grinter's works have become identifiable for their opaque painterly qualities, a style achieved through his 'pick-up technique'.
The process involves rolling shards of coloured glass into the molten parison while blowing. These shards add spontaneous line work to the surface of the piece which become reminiscent of modernist paintings- a genre of art that continues to fascinate Grinter.
The technique is reliant on the artist avoiding over working the glass, finding the perfect point at which the marks appear energetic and expressive. Grinter uses shards of glass that are remnants from previous artworks made, this recycling of glass fragments ensures that no glass goes to waste.
View Keith Grinter's glass work here
A NATURAL BALANCE | PETER MILLER
Peter Miller's contemporary portrait Refuge is rich in symbolism and broader themes.
A figure holds a New Zealand song thrush, a species known as one of the main songsters of suburban New Zealand. The hand acts as a scale holding the bird in equilibrium, should the hand move the bird will fly away. This dynamic of power reminds us that the harmony between humans and the natural world is fragile. More often than not, the balance of power favours humans, and the results are the antithesis of the serenity that can be found in this image.
The origin of Miller's work lies in the Dutch Vanitas paintings of the 16th and 17th century. The painters of the Vanitas genre used strong iconic symbolism within their paintings to refer to the transient nature of life and mankind's mortality.
View Refuge by Peter Miller here