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Pop Art

POP ART STYLE

Perhaps one of the most influential contemporary-art movements, Pop art emerged in the 1950s. In stark contrast to traditional artistic practice, it drew on imagery from popular culture — comic books, advertising, product packaging and other commercial media — to create paintings and sculptures that celebrated ordinary life in the most literal way.

Pop art started in Britain as a reaction, both positive and critical, to the period’s consumerism. Its goal was to put popular culture on the same level as so-called high culture.

Richard Hamilton’s 1956 collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? is widely believed to have kickstarted this unconventional new style.

Pop art works are distinguished by their bold imagery, bright colors and seemingly commonplace subject matter. Practitioners sought to challenge the status quo, breaking with the perceived elitism of the previously dominant Abstract Expressionism and making statements about current events. Other key characteristics of Pop art include appropriation of imagery and techniques from popular and commercial culture; use of different media and formats; repetition in imagery and iconography; incorporation of mundane objects from advertisements, cartoons and other popular media; hard edges; and ironic and witty treatment of subject matter.

Although British artists launched the movement, they were soon overshadowed by their American counterparts. Pop art is perhaps most closely identified with Andy Warhol, whose clever appropriation of motifs and images helped to transform the artistic style into a lifestyle. Most of the best-known Pop artists started in commercial art (Warhol made whimsical drawings as a hobby during his early years as a commercial illustrator), a background that helped them in merging high and popular culture.

Roy Lichtenstein was another prominent American Pop artist. Much like Warhol, Lichtenstein drew his subjects from print media, particularly comic strips, producing paintings and sculptures characterized by primary colors, bold outlines and halftone dots, elements appropriated from commercial printing. Recontextualizing a lowbrow image by importing it into a fine-art context was a trademark of his style. Neo-pop artists like Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami further blurred the line between art and popular culture.

Pop art rose to prominence largely through the work of a handful of men creating works that were unemotional and distanced — in other words, stereotypically masculine. However, there were many important female Pop artists, such as Rosalyn Drexler, whose significant contributions to the movement are recognized today. Best known for her work as a playwright and novelist, Drexler also created paintings and collages embodying Pop art themes and stylistic features.

Read more about the history of Pop art and the style’s famous artists, and browse a collection of Pop art prints, photography and other works on 1stDibs.

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Style: Pop Art
Lift , 2021, Pink, Orange, Purple, Blue Yellow, Abstract Etching
Located in Miami, FL
Ian Davenport paints our world in bold, striking, unapologetic color. His works undulate and vibrate with color passion. This series is similar to what he painted at the Venice Bien...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Etching

20 ML Happy Love pill Combo (pink orange white) - figurative sculpture
Located in New York, NY
This new work by Tal Nehoray is from her latest body of works called "Happy Pills". All are hand made with ceramic and hand painted with automotive paint. It is a combination of 2 ce...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Ceramic, Automotive Paint

Dollar Sign, Red - Vintage Screen Print - 1982
Located in Roma, IT
Dollar is a screen print hand retouched realized in 1982 and hand signed by Andy Warhol. Realized on Lenox Museum Board. The artwork embody the artist’s philosophy on the relations...
Category

1980s Pop Art

Materials

Screen

The Drugs Don't Work I - Oversize signed limited edition - Pop Art - Twiggy
Located in London, GB
The Drugs Don't Work I - Oversize limited edition - Pop Art - Twiggy by the London based contemporary pop art image creator and artist, BATIK. Measures 30 x 20" inches / 76 x 41 c...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Color, Archival Pigment

Resting Place - brown
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Painted cast vinyl 9 × 5 1/2 in 22.86 × 14 cm Sold in mint, 'as new' condition, in original publisher packaging as issued.
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

PVC

Mermaid
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed lithograph on Arches 88 paper by American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) titled "Mermaid", 1978. Hand pencil signed and dated by Lichtenstein lower right, and...
Category

1970s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

Amelia -- Lenticular, Woman Figure, Moving, Pop Art by Julian Opie
Located in London, GB
Amelia, 2018 Julian Opie Lenticular acrylic panel comprised of four inkjet prints in colours, printed directly onto 20 lpi lenticular animating lenses, back mounted with card From th...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Lenticular

Thinker Rodin as an excuse Nickel - Miguel Guía, Pop Art, Nickel layer Sculpture
Located in Madrid, Madrid
Pop Art Sculpture "Thinker Rodin as an excuse Nickel" by Miguel Guía. The sculpture is made of a layer of nickel on cold smelting of copper with the base of graphite or marble dust. ...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Bronze

'Personnages'. Large Scale Acrylic on Board.
Located in Cotignac, FR
Large scale acrylic on panel 'Personnages' by French artist Alexandre Dabrowski. Signed bottom right. Dabrowski was born in Courneuve, France, in 1957 and has been living and workin...
Category

Late 20th Century Pop Art

Materials

Acrylic, Board

Passing Through, open edition - black
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
Painted cast vinyl Sold in mint condition, as issued. Measures 8 X 6 X 6 inches (20.3 X 15.2 X 15.2 cm)
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

PVC

Dream It I by BATIK signed limited edition Oversize POP ART
Located in London, GB
Dream It I by BATIK signed limited edition Oversize POP ART Paper Size OVERSIZE 40 x 30" inches / 101 x 76 cm Signed & numbered by artist on front Archival Pigment print Limited t...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Color, Archival Pigment

30 mg Large Happy pill (Red and red) - figurative sculpture
Located in New York, NY
This new work by Tal Nehoray is from her latest body of works called "Happy Pills". It is the second size she is doing and it is larger than the 20 mg previous pills (see images of b...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Ceramic, Automotive Paint

Pygmalion Effect XXX
Located in Chicago, IL
Extracting images, logos and slogans from popular culture, Spanish artist Almudena Rodriguez rearranges disparate signs in an attempt to map out a single vision determined not by ori...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art

Materials

Fabric, Thread, Acrylic

Untitled, Peter Alexander
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Alexander (1939) Title: Untitled Year: 1989 Edition: 1/1 Medium: Monotype on Guarro paper Size: 30.25 x 33 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Signed and dated by ...
Category

1980s Pop Art

Materials

Monotype

Robert Indiana 'Love Louisiana' Exhibition Screenprint
Located in San Rafael, CA
Robert Indiana (American, 1928-2018) 'Love, Louisiana', 1972 An original screen printed exhibition poster presented at the Louisiana Museum near Copenhagen, Denmark. A wonderful ex...
Category

1970s Pop Art

Materials

Screen

KAWS UK Holiday Companion Black
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS: HOLIDAY United Kingdom Black (KAWS UK): KAWS' signature character COMPANION presented in an upright standing position with its eyes covered. New in their original packaging - ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

Pygmalion Effect XXIX
Located in Chicago, IL
Extracting images, logos and slogans from popular culture, Spanish artist Almudena Rodriguez rearranges disparate signs in an attempt to map out a single vision determined not by ori...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art

Materials

Fabric, Thread, Acrylic

Roses and Tulips in Chinese Mug by Francesco Scavullo
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Francesco Scavullo Title: Flower Arrangement in Mug, Pink Year: 1987 Medium: Screenprint on Lennox Museum Board, signed and dated recto, numbered in pencil, verso Edition: 7...
Category

1980s Pop Art

Materials

Screen

KAWS UK Holiday Companion Brown (KAWS holiday)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS: HOLIDAY United Kingdom Brown (KAWS UK): KAWS' signature character COMPANION presented in an upright standing position with its eyes covered. New in their original packaging - ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art

Materials

Resin, Vinyl

Jellyfish Eyes - Black 1. Limited Edition (print) by Takashi Murakami signed
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Jellyfish Eyes - Black 1 by Takashi Murakami (2004) Offset print, numbered and signed by the artist 19 ¹¹/₁₆ × 19 ¹¹/₁₆ in 50 × 50 cm Edition 41/300 Takashi Murakami is best known ...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art

Materials

Offset

"Surf" Acrylic and Collage on Korean newsprint
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Gary John has been a street artist since 1985, originally from Seattle Washington, then moving to Venice Beach selling his art on the boardwalk for 10 years before exploding onto the...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Acrylic, Newsprint

Barbara Kruger, I Shop Therefore I Am - Printed Paper Shopping Bag
Located in Hamburg, DE
Barbara Kruger (1945, American) I Shop Therefore I Am, 1990 Medium: Photolithograph on paper shopping bag Edition size: 9000 Dimensions: 17 5/16 x 10 3/4 in (43.9 x 27.3 cm) Publishe...
Category

20th Century Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

Star Catcher, Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Star Catcher Year: 2003 Edition: 500, plus proofs Medium: Lithograph on Lustro Saxony paper Size: 3.43 x 2.62 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription:...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

Sailboat with Sun & Moon, Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Sailboat with Sun & Moon Year: 2003 Edition: 500, plus proofs Medium: Lithograph on Lustro Saxony paper Size: 3.43 x 2.62 inches Condition: Excellent ...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

NY Men, Fun City Portfolio
Located in New York, NY
Richard Lindner, (German-American, 1901-1978) NY Men, Fun City Portfolio, 1969 Lithograph Image Size: 23.5 x 20 inches Size: 25 x 20 in. (63.5 x 50.8 cm) Edition of 175 Ed. 175 Signe...
Category

Late 20th Century Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

Sailboat IV, Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Sailboat IV Year: 2000 Edition: 500, plus proofs Medium: Lithograph on Lustro Saxony paper Size: 3.43 x 2.62 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: ...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

Liberty Head V, Ltd Ed Lithograph (Mini 3.5" x 3"), Peter Max - SIGNED
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max has achieved huge success and world-wide recognition for his artistic accomplishments as a multi-dimensional artist. From visionary Pop artist of the 19...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

Tenor Sermon, Limited Edition Lithograph, Romare Bearden
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
ROMARE BEARDEN (1911-1988) Regarded as one of America's master painters and collagists who depicted African-American life within different types of media. He is famous for his collag...
Category

1970s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

The Supremes by Joe Eula, 1960s Motown
By Joe Eula
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Joe Eula, vintage original The Supremes promo poster: Among Eula's most famous illustrations, this fashionable and soulful work was published in 1965 to publicize the legendary Motow...
Category

1960s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

Angel With Heart III, Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: Angel With Heart III Year: 2000 Medium: Offset lithograph on premium paper Size: 36 x 24 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Signed by the artist...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph, Offset

Drink Me - Original Giclée Print by Sara Franzese - 2021
Located in Roma, IT
Drink me is a beautiful illustration on paper (giclée print) realized by the Italian artist Sara Franzese in 2021. Edition of 10. Hand-signed and numbered. In this illustration, ...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Giclée

PARIS REVIEW
Located in Aventura, FL
Screen print in colors on wove paper. Hand signed, numbered & dated by the artist in pencil. Published by The Paris Review, New York. Edition of 200 (there were also 30 artist's pro...
Category

1980s Pop Art

Materials

Paper, Screen

Gershwin Brothers, 1968 Exhibition Offset Lithograph
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
LARRY RIVERS (1923-2002) Painter and sculptor Larry Rivers became one of the first artists to explore the figurative style which follows abstract expressionism. While Rivers's style ...
Category

1960s Pop Art

Materials

Offset

"He is the Child of a mountain of a Man" Print 40×50 in Ed. 1/10 by Kate Garner
Located in Culver City, CA
"He is the Child of a mountain of a Man" Print 40×50 in Ed. 1/10 by Kate Garner Signed and numbered by the artist. Not framed. Ships in a tube. Kate Garner is an English photog...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper

Oscillation, Roy Ahlgren
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Roy Ahlgren (1926-2011) Title: Oscillation Year: 1980 Edition: 150, plus proofs Medium: Silkscreen on Arches paper Size: 22.25 x 29.75 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription...
Category

1980s Pop Art

Materials

Screen

Woman Taking Off Man's Shirt by Julian Opie
Located in London, GB
Lithograph in colors on wove paper. 23.75 x 39.50 in (60.3 x 100.3 cm). Published by K21 Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf. Unknown edition size. Sold in 'as new' / exce...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

JFK Farewell - Kennedy Assassination Original Vintage Newsprint Collage Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
Patrick Burns b. 1987, Cleveland, OH Bio I like to explore themes that are unique to the American experience in my work. By merging the iconography of the US flag and the headlines...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art

Materials

Resin, Acrylic, Newsprint

Mercurial, Roy Ahlgren
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Roy Ahlgren (1926-2011) Title: Mercurial Year: 1979 Edition: 90, plus proofs Medium: Silkscreen on Arches paper Size: 30 x 22 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Signed ...
Category

1970s Pop Art

Materials

Screen

Rapture, Pop Art Serigraph by Krasnyansky
Located in Long Island City, NY
A serigraph by Anatole Krasnyansky circa 1980. A surrealist harlequin of many faces dancing with playing cards, done is a contemporary cubist style. Framed in cherry wood frame. Ar...
Category

1980s Pop Art

Materials

Screen

"Snoopy Kingdom" Acrylic and Collage on Los Angeles newsprint
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Gary John has been a street artist since 1985, originally from Seattle Washington, then moving to Venice Beach selling his art on the boardwalk for 10 years before exploding onto the...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Acrylic, Newsprint

Ben Shahn McCarthy Peace
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Ben Shahn McCarthy Peace poster, 1968. When Eugene McCarthy ran for U.S. president in 1968 against incumbent Lyndon Johnson, his candidacy was based on his opposition to the war in V...
Category

1960s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

The Profile, Peter Max
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Peter Max (1937) Title: The Profile Year: 2003 Edition: 500, plus proofs Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Size: 11.5 x 9.75 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Signed ...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

THE BOOT
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed and dated on front; signed, titled and dated on verso by the artist. Canvas size 24 x 30 inches. Frame size approx 26 x 32 inches. Artwork...
Category

1990s Pop Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Judy Rifka, Abstract Expressionist Oil Painting Hockey Players. Brooke Alexander
Located in Surfside, FL
Judy Rifka (American, b. 1945) Oil on linen painting Titled: "Ice Hockey IV 1990" featuring A depiction of hockey players with ice skating rink backdrop. Hand signed verso: "Rifka...
Category

1980s Pop Art

Materials

Linen, Oil

KAWS Holiday Japan black (KAWS black companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Holiday Companion (KAWS Mount Fuji Japan): This sold out figurine features KAWS' signature character COMPANION in a resting position. This figurine was published by All R...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art

Materials

Vinyl, Resin

National Crevice, Roy Ahlgren
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Roy Ahlgren (1926-2011) Title: National Crevice Year: 1980 Edition: 150, plus proofs Medium: Silkscreen on Arches paper Size: 20 x 26 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription:...
Category

1980s Pop Art

Materials

Screen

Sacrifice Of The Rose
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Sacrifice Of The Rose 2015 Mixed Media on archival paper. Keith Carrington’s experiences have led him to express his talents through the fluid & exacting mediums of watercolor and in...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Acrylic, Watercolor, Archival Paper

NASCAR - Dale Earnhardt, 2000 Offset Lithograph -SIGNED
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
PETER MAX (1937- ) Peter Max has achieved huge success and world-wide recognition for his artistic accomplishments as a multi-dimensional artist. From visionary Pop artist of the 19...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

Pop Art Portrait of Kate Moss, Black & White Screen Print
Located in Soquel, CA
Pop Art style portrait of a woman with a likeness to Kate Moss by Marc Foster Grant (American, 20th Century). Unsigned, from a collection of his work. Unframed. Marc Foster Grant (A...
Category

Late 20th Century Pop Art

Materials

Paper, Screen

Tape Collection Six Individual Artworks - Contemporary Pop Art Color Photography
Located in Cambridge, GB
The Heidler & Heeps collaborations are creative representations of Natasha Heidler and Richard Heeps’, personal past and their personalities. Tapes are significant in both their live...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Silver Gelatin

Walls '70 (14)
By Burhan Dogancay
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Burhan Dogançay, Turkish/American (1929 - 2013) Title: Walls '70 (14) Year: 1970 Medium: Lithograph, Signed in Pencil Edition: 120, AP Size: 30 in. x 22 in. (76.2 cm x 55.88...
Category

1960s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

Sphere, Pop Art Sculpture
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Yankel Ginzburg, Khazakhstan-American (1945 - ) Title: Sphere Year: Circa 1985 Medium: Screenprint on Lucite Sculpture, signature and numbering inscribed Size: 13.5 x 12 x 6 ...
Category

1980s Pop Art

Materials

Lucite, Screen

Dancer Manny Rowe, nude, signed by Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph, signed by Jack Mitchell. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. This photograph was from a se...
Category

1970s Pop Art

Materials

Silver Gelatin

EINSTEIN
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand Painted with Embellishment by the Artist on Canvas. Hand signed and numbered by the artist on verso. AP edition of 50. Canvas is not stretched. Artwork is in excellent condit...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art

Materials

Oil, Canvas

This Is It! Uncut 2009 Lenticular Concert Ticket Sheet Form 4,4A Michael Jackson
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
MICHAEL JACKSON (1958 – 2009) An American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop," he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art

Materials

Lenticular

Ringo Star Goes to Hollywood, Limited Edition Lithograph, Al Hirschfeld
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
AL HIRSCHFELD (1903-2003) An American caricaturist best known for his black & white portraits of famous celebrities and Broadway stars. Hirschfeld traveled to Paris and London where ...
Category

Early 2000s Pop Art

Materials

Lithograph

Nir Hadar, The princess from Jaffa, Print on wood
Located in Tel Aviv, IL
Hadar takes euphoric moments and try to generate a three dimensional feeling with every image inviting the viewer to jump into the game and to be part of it. There's a hidden message...
Category

2010s Pop Art

Materials

Woodcut

Gregory Hines in 'Sophisticated Ladies', Color 17 x 22" Exhibition Photograph
Located in Senoia, GA
Dancer Gregory Hines in costume for his starring role in "Sophisticated Ladies" on Broadway photographed in 1980. One of Mitchell's most beautiful color photographs. This exhibition ...
Category

1980s Pop Art

Materials

Archival Pigment

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