Welcome to Hot Pink Pistol – a website paying homage to the world of Pop Art. Hot Pink Pistol may sound like a strange title, in fact it may even sound a little saucy, but it’s really a reference to one of Andy Warhol’s famous works of art and a personal favourite.
‘Gun’ was an accurate reflection of Warhol’s obsession with mortality as well as being a compelling piece of work. It was completed in 1981 and the gun in the picture was anitem which Warhol was scarily familiar with. Valerie Solanus, a somewhat deranged fan of his, shot him with a similar piece in an attempt on his life in 1968.
Andy Warhol is almost certainly the most recognisable practitioner of what was known as the Visual Art Movement. His work in the early 1960s was not critically received by everyone but his pictures have long since become iconic. What subsequently became known as Pop Art was a movement which eventually encompassed other famous artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, George Segal and Robert Raushchenberg. Warhol was not the first however and since the 1950s the movement had been emerging in various studios around the world.
The Visual Arts or Pop Art Movement was considered to be a reaction to the abstract painting style of the time and Warhol’s aim was to bring art back down to earth, to make it more easily accessible to ‘normal’ people. Ultimately he was fantastically successful and museums around the globe feature his work and that of his contemporaries in consistently popular installations.
On this site we take an in depth look at the biographies of the practitioners of Pop Art and showcase some of the best examples from it’s heyday. We also keep you informed about upcoming exhibitions and other Pop Art related news.