This electrifying original artwork by Mark Sloper features an anarchist a symbol mounted on a miniature vintage WWII VE Day flag. According to the artist: "Malcom McLaren – the manager of the Sex Pistols – is often credited with instigating the punk movement. As a kid, I thought that the song ‘Anarchy in the UK’ was just wonderful. The flag symbolises how the British government gave households miniature Union Jacks to wave on a stick and pretend everything was alright, while anarchy was seething under the carpet in the 1940s.”
Electrically certified, the neon lights in this piece are safe and economical to use and can change over time to give a different ambience to your artwork. What's more, this neon artwork can live on for many years, by taking it to a neon specialist you can get the lights re-gassed thus, bringing them back to their original vibrancy and glow in your home. The incredible properties of this natural gas as an artistic medium, gives Mark's paintings a unique organic life force.
Invented in the late 19th century, neon came to be associated with cutting-edge glamour in the 1930s and 1940s before being harnessed by pop artists in the 1960s due to its association with advertising. Andy Warhol described neon as "one of the great modern things" and, later in the 1990s, it was used again as a core artistic medium by The Young British Artists group. Across its short history, neon has continued to captivate audiences and artists across the world and American artist Bruce Nauman, who is credited with being the grandfather of neon, was on exhibition at the Tate Modern in 2020 and 2021 which attracted thousands of visitors every day.
Medium: Mixed Media
Subjects: Abstract, Colour & Light, Places
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