Exciting new artist Lisa Andrews whose new collection – The Brits, consisting of four oil on canvas paintings: Amy, Adele, Lily & Paloma, now available as prints, is being hailed as a huge new talent and leading light in the resurrection of Pop Art.
Pop art developed in the early 1960s. Originally a British movement, artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, used the images and production techniques of daily life in a consumer society, transforming them into objects to make viewers aware of the extent to which advertising and the image production and consumption cycle had come to dominate their lives.
Pop Art was filled with images of consumer products, rendered in styles derived from advertisements or familiar images. Pop artists borrowed heavily from the advertising industry to depict the objects that were a part of consumerism. Subjects were depicted in a simple, flat manner, strong, bright colors were favoured, and the image was centralised within the pictorial space. All of this was in direct contrast to the work of the abstract expressionists, who created formless, nonobjective art that grappled with existential questions of meaning.
Perhaps the greatest legacy of pop art was the union of art and popular culture. Pop art expressed the idea that shared cultural knowledge no longer comes from “high culture” sources such as literature, education, or religion, but it is now derived from the internet, television, movies, magazines and advertisements. While increasingly fewer of us are familiar with great poetic works, for example, most of us can recite a good line from a popular song or a cliché from an advert
The expression “Pop Art” seems to have originated as a description of an art which highlighted “popular” everyday objects. Lisa Andrews’ style is more relevant, in that she merges the clear consumerism and styling with her love for, in the Brits series, the music of the subject she is painting. She says that she cannot paint a musician if she does not love their music and this is clear from her paintings. Lisa paintings of Amy, Adele, Lily and Paloma were all completed whilst listening to their music, thus merging the public image with their musical talent. Her strong and striking use of colour could be described as music for the eyes.
Lisa Andrews’ paintings seek to reflect this increased blurring of the distinction between art and consumption. The public can no longer be sure whether Amy Winehouse is a singer, a work of art, a tabloid income generator, or all three.
In commercial advertising and musician branding, the image becomes more important than the thing. Her paintings beg the question: What is more important, the talent or the image? Whilst doing so they facilitate the examination of the effects of consumerism on human thought, emotion, and creativity.
Lisa Andrews studied for her BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art, at the University for the Creative Arts, but only returned to painting 18 months ago. She was immediately chosen to appear in the opening exhibition of Life the Gallery alongside Mark Demsteader and other internationally renowned artists. Her work was also reviewed by the Daily Mirror Art Critic, Martin Newman, appeared in the Arts section of Mirror on-line and features in the May 2011 Surrey Life Magazine. Her paintings Simone and The Dalai Lama were both separately voted into the top 50 from thousands of worldwide entries in the Saatchi Showdown competition at The Saatchi on-line Art Gallery
Lisa’s website: http://www.lisajandrews.com