Young British artist James Rawson is revisiting the pop culture of the last 50 years by painting explosive, busy and ultra colorful scenes filled with iconic references to movies, brands, characters and objects.
James’ work blurs the boundaries between collage and painting, using preparatory paper collages as reference for his larger paintings. He aims to reflect the multi-layered visual experience we all live in. Appropriating the very images that have become implicit in our society, James’ work disturbs our sense of reality and confuses our perception of popular culture.
James’ work addresses some of the most important issues of the last 50 years; overconsumption, greed, inequality and life as a spectacle. James’ work screams at you — there is no room for prevarication. It deals with the ubiquity of advertising, sex selling everything, fast food and TV as the drug of a nation. So perhaps you don’t like what you see: the bawdy reality, the cheap thrill, the constant accumulation of sweet things, processed and plastic things to unnatural things, but it doesn’t take away from the fact — it’s the truth.