Of course, Paolozzi isn't the first artist that comes to mind when Pop Art is mentioned: that would undoubtedly be the American, Andy Warhol (1928-1987). His rise from commercial illustrator to film maker, record producer and painter (well silk-screen printer) of the rich and famous is well-chronicled and the subject of a number of biopics. I'm not a big fan of Warhol's work: his images, for me, are a matter of "what you see is all you get" - all surface, with no depth. But, it has to be said, the surface is interesting and distinctive, and Warhol is an artist whose style is recognisable across a whole segment of his images. The flat, strong colour, bold shapes, and variations on a theme are familiar to the layman in a way that the work of many better artists is not.
My image today is an affectionate and humorous homage to Warhol, and the title is a nod towards Paolozzi. It takes the idea of repeated versions of the same subject, say, Jackie Kennedy, depicted in loud colours, placed alongside each other. My subject is a touch more everyday than Warhol's became - an Allium from my garden!
photograph & text (c) T. Boughen
Camera: Olympus E510
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 35mm macro (70mm/35mm equiv.)
F No: f6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/200
Exposure Compensation: -0.3 EV
Image Stabilisation: On