James Rawson (b. January 2nd, 1989) resides in Norfolk, England and is a postmodern pop artist. Predominantly working in the medium of collage and painting, Rawson found no inspiration in the beautiful Norfolk landscape he grew up in; instead, the landscape of pop culture fed his artistic drive.
James Rawson Contemporary Pop Art
James Rawson artwork blurs the boundaries between collage and painting, using preparatory paper collages as a 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.
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
James’ work screams at you
James’ work addresses some of the most important issues of the last 50 years; over consumption, 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.
James completed a BA Honours in Fine Art at Loughborough University in 2011 and currently lives and works in Norfolk, England.
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These paintings are an homage to popular culture. James portrays how modern media blatantly uses sex to sell everything with his fantastically graphic images depicting our a modern society and how we are addicted to the cheap thrills of fast food and T.V.
So on we go, round and round on our big fat merry-go-round.
Selected Group Exhibitions
‘Leeman, Rawson & Reihal – an Art Opening’ Reverie Arts, San Francisco
‘Summer Lovin’, Parlor Gallery, New Jersey
‘Summer Send-Off’, Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles
‘Willowbrook’, Zebra one Gallery, London
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