Michael Pybus, Acrylic and pastell on canvas. Signed and dated 2016 on verso.
"Hit(over)", canvas 60 x 200 cm.
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Pybus borrows motives and scenes from already famous artists and from today’s society. Pybus is widley exhibited in Europe and the US. He lives and works in London, UK.
Pybus is included in Takashi Murakami's Art Collection.
Interview by David McLeavy
"Themes of consumerism, collecting and obsession are prevalent throughout Michael Pybus' work. By using popular icons such as Pokemon, Pybus explores how contemporary we obsess over objects and our apparent need to accumulate 'things'.
They work on many levels for me. Cartoons hold a strong emotional attachment for many of us, we grow up with them and we often first learn to understand narrative through them. There's a real visual sophistication to how they operate on such limited parameters, but on a more complicated level cartoons are used as a way to build an emotional bond with their audience to encourage its viewers to purchase merchandise. I think it was Transformers in the 80's that were the first cartoon brand to really push this - the toys came first and then the animated series was developed after as a way to give the toys depth and life, making them more desirable. Then came along Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Care bears etc. ..."
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