There is a new art scene coming from the new continent, which is grabbing quite a lot of attention in those art galleries desperately seeking for new wows to sell. A new art scene which has been considered by many as “underground” and takes many elements from the pop artists from the 60s: extremely colourful, very figurative and with a clear comic & rebel influence.
A new movement which evolves from Lowbrow & Pop Surrealist movements of the 70s-80s and has it’s origins in souther California. Many of the artist despite not being from there have lived at some point in this area.
49 artists that mix all forms of media and art… painting, sculpture, printing, stencil, photography…. The Corey Helford Gallery from LA and Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery are bringing this new American scene to Bristol in a very recommendable exhibition (if you like this poppy, irreverent and sometimes non-conformist art) which will last until August 22nd.
Virtually all of the works have been specifically created for the show (and are being sold obviously) and will infiltrate not only the exhibition gallery, but most of the ground floor of the museum. A couple of highlights you’ll quickly recognise is the
– fifteen-foot tall “ice cream cone” balloon sculpture created by, and topped with the characters of well-known street artist Buff Monster (featured in Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop) or
– the welcoming ten-foot “canvas” made with 2000 books donated by Orion & painted by Mike Stilkey. Quite Unique.
If you can’t afford any of these (hehehe) well, a few signed prints are available at the museum shop for £120… which is not cheap but is nowhere near the thousands of ££ some artists are asking for. A few pics this way (our favs)
In any case and as we always say, gonna be in Bristol b4 the end of the summer? Then pop-in, pop-out!!