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(American, b. 1958)
Biography
Kenny Scharf’s work is instantly recognizable, with idiosyncratic cartoon creatures popping up in the oddest of places: in paintings, on functional objects, or piled up on top of each other to form huge totem-poles. Scharf shot to prominence in New York during the 80s: part of the deeply influential generation of artists that emerged at that time.
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Swayed by pop culture and consumerism, Kenny Scharf swiftly became an integral part of the influential East Village art scene in the early eighties in New York; a diverse group of graffiti, hip hop and street artists. Trying to push the line between popular culture and art, his early cartoon-style work, informed by Flintstone and The Jetsons, shifted in the decades to come into colourful, smiley and stylised aliens blending into each other - a genre he framed as Pop Surrealism. Bismoland, Check Fest and Red Spiral Snake are three lithographic editions from the nineties released through Eyestorm, presenting different visual sides to Scharf’s urban art practice.
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