As one of the last living Pop Art pioneers, James Francis Gill expertly captures the American Dream in his stunning new collection of serigraphs. Merging iconography with startling colour, he is inspired by magazines like Time, Life and National Geographic.
Painterly in style, James’ art transcends the parameters of the genre and has been likened to that of Francis Bacon. Working with montage effects – which he terms metamage – he applies his skills as an architect to utilise computerised software as a drawing tool. Once the design is printed, he uses it to influence his original pencil sketches before applying acrylics to the canvas. Find out more about the serigraph process here.
War is a topic that James has often tackled in his work - especially during the Vietnam War, when he created a series of anti-war paintings. The late art scholar William Seitz commented on his ability to '... get behind the headlines and behind the pious facade of power-drunk men to confort us with the conspiracies of war and bigotry'.
According to James, every child is already a prisoner to whatever political system into which they are born. We are born into a world that we generally connot change. It is a world where injustice abounds and that, in many ways, races from bad to worse.
Edition size: 50
Medium: Fine Art Print
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