“I wanted to paint nothing. I was looking for something that was the essence of nothing, and the soup can was it” Andy Warhol once said of his iconic Campbell paintings. A movement that emerged in the late 1950s – pop art presented a challenge to the traditional high-brow art world. Incorporating imagery from popular culture and the commercial world, it reflected the rise of mass media and consumerism, and a rejection of outdated views on what art could be.
It’s an aesthetic that has proven to be prophetic, taking on new relevance in the social media age where celebrity culture has reached its peak and images are created at an unprecedented speed – with a level of meaninglessness that we’ve never experienced before. Graphic, colourful and provocative – the pop art style translates perfectly to Instagram and is being reimagined in bold and inventive ways by a new a generation of creatives. Here are some of our favourite photographers and artists drawing inspiration from Warhol and Lichtenstein in 2018.