A selection of work by Métis artist Jean Paul Langlois from Vancouver Island, currently based in East Vancouver. Informed by pop and pulp culture, particularly Westerns, 70s sci-fi and Saturday morning cartoons, Langlois plays with ultra-saturated colours and motifs as a way of grappling with a sense of alienation from his own cultural backgrounds — both indigenous and settler.
He was a crucial figure in the new art movement in the 1960s, alongside Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist. Through parody, his work defined the notion of pop art. Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein created exact compositions that documented while parodying, frequently in a humorous way.
KAWS is the renowned Brooklyn based artist whose practise includes painting, sculpture, printmaking and design. He is considered one of the most relevant artists of a generation. His influential work engages people across generations with contemporary art and especially opens popular culture to a young and diverse audience.
Pop artist Michael Albert, pioneer of “cerealism” in his one-of-a-kind mosaics, intersects with consumerism in wild and wondrous ways.
While studying business at New York University, he often frequented the Metropolitan Museum of Art, marveling at artists like Vincent Van Gogh who challenged his classes’ typical definitions of success. While Van Gogh never sold a painting in life, he rose to superstar status posthumously and his works have fetched prices in the tens of millions.