Pop Art: "A style open to constant redefinition"
Hazel O'Connor with her portrait
Cliff Matthews: a self taught artist located in Essex, and has many commissions within the genre of the famous and the iconic. And with many exhibitions behind him and work now selling Internationally, his style of hand-painting while Achieving the “pop”
look is becoming more recognised.
His paintings have sold at auction to raise substantial amounts for charitable events
proving the popularity of his work.
"My work is very obviously influenced by the Pop movement and is in a "Block painted" style, Although I have set a few Flexible rules
of my own"
Aaron Lennon checks out his painting
Cliff's paintings featuring legends from stage & screen
have been quite popular so to this end he knows that he is
not alone in his fascination with the iconic.
Cliff has found in researching his subjects that it has been difficult
not to repeat some by other artists,
He has also found that there are many people mass producing
images of the famous, using computers to enhance
and add “Warhol style” colouring and then printing onto canvas
for much profit.
All of the work that Cliff does is painted free-hand,
without the use of stencil or print and is brush applied
with all reference images sourced by himself.
“Where I have painted the most iconic of stars,
I will try and source an image that is not so well known,
this will then go some way to showing that the painting
is not simply copied from another artists work
and also helps to reinforce the fact that the painting is an original.
"You can move too far from the most popular images
as these are the ones that after all make them
“Iconic” and that is what
most people are after."
Toyah & some bloke