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Canadian First Nations (We Wai Kai/Cape Mudge Band), 21st century, male.

Born 1975, in Richmond (British Columbia).

Painter, sculptor, printmaker, photographer.

The aesthetic of Sonny Assu (Liǥwilda’x̱w/Laich-kwil-tach) is a confluence of Northwest Coast formline motifs and popular Western culture. He is well versed in the traditional Kwakwaka’wakw arts of drum, blanket and basket making and uses these as the starting place of many of his artworks. Drawing on a pop sensibility, mass-media culture is used as a conduit to explore and expose these Kwakwaka’wakw traditions as well as the artist’s own mixed heritage. By bringing these seemingly desperate elements together, Assu’s works challenge popular notions of authenticity regarding Indigenous people and their art. Moreover, while the works may appear whimsical at first glance, they offer a sharp critique of Western society’s culture of consumption as it relates to colonisation, both historical and ongoing, in North America....

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Canadian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1957, in Toronto (Ontario).

Sculptor.

Neo-Conceptual Art, Appropriation Art.

Alan Belcher lives and works in Toronto and New York. In the Pop Art tradition, Belcher uses advertising images, meaningfully exploiting their powers of enticement. His work consists of glossy colour photographs that are usually pinned, screwed, nailed or wrapped around various objects made of Plexiglas, metal or wood. By using the seductive colours of publicity photographs, and their perfect finish, Belcher's sculpture works on two levels. On one, he denounces marketing's manipulative wiles; on the other, he creates works of art that are almost Minimalist in their simplicity of form. Since ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1959, in Barbados.

Sculptor, installation artist.

Neo-Conceptual Art (Neo-Geo), Appropriation Art, Neo-Pop Art.

Ashley Bickerton lives and works in Los Angeles. He arrived on the American art scene in the mid-1980s. With Peter Halley, Jeff Koons and Meyer Vaisman, Bickerton, he belongs to the group of artists known as the ...

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Swedish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1957, in Stockholm.

Painter (mixed media).

Ernst Billgren studied at the Valand art academy (1982-1987). HIs paintings are presented with a flourish not dissimilar to Pop Art practices, the complexity of which adds a theatrical, distancing dimension. He has had many solo exhibitions in Sweden, and has participated in collective exhibitions in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Brasil and Mexico....

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Australian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1951.

Painter.

Pop Art.

Bob Clutterbuck's work consists of slogans that have been cut out of newspaper articles and other printed material combined with drawings that recall traditional aboriginal art.

Adelaide (AG of South Australia): Stop the Merchants of Nuclear Death...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 10 September 1947, in Verviers.

Painter. Murals.

Pop Art.

Alain Denis trained at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Liège between 1964 and 1970, winning the Watteau and Marie prizes between 1967 and 1970, and later becoming a teacher there. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Belgian and German cities. There have also been a large number of solo exhibitions of his works in various towns across Belgium, particularly in Verviers, and in New York in ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 12 March 1948, in Boulogne-Billancourt.

Painter. Still-lifes.

Claude Derrien ('Der'ven') studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1964 to 1966. His technique is close to Pop Art and industrial drawing, but his work exudes a degree of lyricism which elevates it above his somewhat mundane subject matter - kitchens, electrical circuits, bidets and electric dials and switches....

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American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1949, in New Haven (Connecticut).

Painter (mixed media), draughtswoman, watercolourist, engraver, lithographer.

Neo-Pop Art.

Carroll Dunham almost always paints on panels, integrating the natural unevenness of the wood into the structure of the work. Influenced by Pop Art, she creates biomorphic abstractions and tragi-comic figures combining grotesqueness and power. These creatures, which come from comic book culture and what is known as 'low art', are nevertheless painted with a skill that places them in the pictorial tradition of 'high art'. Peter Schjeldahl has compared her work to a confrontation between and a graffitist in a public toilet and Helen Frankenthaler. The interior violence of the paintings became more accentuated in the 1990s, expressing the multiple contradictions of contemporary American society....

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 20 June 1953, in Paris.

Painter (mixed media), screen printer.

Pop Art.

Dominique Fury points to the influence of Pop Art in her work, with its techniques, silk-screen transfers to canvas and images borrowed from the media, which she has freely put to her own use....

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Native American (Choctaw, Cherokee), 20th-21st century, male.

Born 31 March 1972, in Colorado.

Painter, sculptor, mixed-media artist.

Jeffrey Gibson received a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago (1995) and an MFA from the Royal College of Art (1998), which was funded by his tribal group, the Mississippi Band of the Choctaw Nation. Since ...

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Ireland from 1990.

Born 1961, in Great Britain.

Painter (mixed media).

Pop Art.

From 1980 to 1984, David Godbold studied at the Norwich School of Art and Design and then at Goldsmiths College in London. In 1999 to ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Biloxi (Mississippi).

Painter.

Pop Art, Conceptual Art.

Scott Grieger studied at California State University in Northridge and Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He is active on the American west coast. His first paintings were influenced by Pop Art, while later works reflect the growing influence of Conceptual Art. Using symbols borrowed from advertising, packaging, computers, clothing, toys and so on, Grieger subverts corporate and political slogans in order to assert his own counter messages of shared responsibility and ethical living....

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Kagawa Prefecture.

Sculptor, painter, draughtsman, engraver.

Haraguchi Noriyuki studied at Nihon Uni­versity until 1970. His style can be described as Pop Art and he mainly uses heavy materials such as concrete, steel, copper and tar. Work by him was shown at the following: the seventh Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Art (...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1951, in Roulers (West Flanders).

Draughtsman, engraver.

Hoorne attended the art academies in Izegem and Ghent. He borrows from Pop Art and Nouvelle Figuration (a resurgence of figurative painting in the early 1960s), in order to portray everyday objects such as toasters and blenders, but also eccentric machines, including a machine to pump out sadness and to make dreams visible. Hoorne uses a very wide variety of graphic techniques: etching, engraving, linocut, silk-screen printing and offset. He exhibited at the Musée Provincial d'Art Moderne, Ostend in ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1952, in San Antonio (Texas).

Painter (oil), printmaker. Portraits.

Pop Art.

Deborah Kass studied at the Art Students' League (1968-1970), the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (1972), and Carnegie-Mellon University, obtaining a BFA in painting. She taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, the State University of New York, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture....

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American, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1955, in York (Pennsylvania).

Assemblage artist, installation artist, photographer, mixed media. Multimedia.

Neo-Conceptual Art (Neo-Geo), Appropriation Art, Neo-Pop Art.

Jeff Koons trained for three years at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and subsequently at the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in New York, Germany and Italy. Before embarking on an artistic career he worked on Wall Street as a commodities broker, and his artwork and his conception of the role of the artist remain suffused with ideas and concepts drawn from this earlier experience: the artist survives by supplying commodities to a specific market, governed by the laws of consumerism, speculation and marketing....

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947, in Zottegem.

Collage artist, draughtsman, engraver, photographer, video artist. Cartoons for tapestries.

Neo-Pop Art.

Danny Matthys has created vast collages, verging on Pop Art, in which he has integrated any materials he could find, including textiles, plastics, nylon and wood. He has taken part in collective exhibitions in Ghent and Knokke-le-Zoute and has had solo exhibitions in Ghent....

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1962, in Tokyo, Japan.

Painter, sculptor.

Neo-Pop Art.

After developing the conceptions for the paintings and sculptures he is going to produce, Murakami Takashi produces models for them with the help of a computer; his assistants then create the works in his production workshop, known as the Hiropon Factory. He invented the kitsch character ‘Mr Dob’, who has been taken up widely by other artists and is a mixture of Mickey Mouse and manga culture....

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born May 1949, in Ghent.

Painter, draughtsman.

André Germain Naessens trained at St-Lucas Academie in Ghent, and was a member of the Nieuwe Rococo group. His work is in the tradition of Pop Art. In 1970, he exhibited in Ghent and Brussels. Prizes and distinctions include the Young Belgian Painters' award (...

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Vietnamese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1971.

Painter.

Graffiti Art, Neo-Pop Art.

Hanoi Triad group.

Nguyen Van Cuong was a pupil of Truong Tan at the fine arts college in Hanoi. Together with Nguyen Quang Huy and Nguyen Minh Thanh, he forms the Hanoi Triad, who have championed a return to traditional inks and paper. As a denunciation of the hegemony of the dollar and ...