Alex Katz, ‘Blue Flags (Irises)’, 2014, Caviar20

Alex Katz's works are instantly recognizable and adored internationally.

Born in 1927 Katz has been dedicated to art-making since the 1950's - however it wasn't until the following decade when he established his signature 'flat' figurative style...which continues to influence contemporary painters.

Katz is a true successor to the New York based Pop artists, notably Roy Lichtenstein.

He continues to influence figurative painters of the late 20th century. We can see his influence on a host of artists including Eric Fischl, David Salle, Julian Opie and Elizabeth Peyton amongst others. One could argue that Katz kept the tradition of figurative painting alive when it had gone terribly out of style.

An active and devoted printmaker, Katz typically creates portraits and landscapes, subjects that he is personally connected to such as Soho cityscapes, the flora of rural Maine and the people in his life.

This particular work, a Japanese woodblock print, is composed of 17 different colors. It is an exceptional example of the medium. While the image appears simple, it is in fact the result of a meticulous and complicated process.

Like the best of Alex Katz's work "Blue Flags (Irises)" is bold, timeless and uplifting.

Signature: Signed, numbered and dated by the artist.

About Alex Katz

New York School painter Alex Katz developed his highly stylized aesthetic in reaction to 1950s Abstract Expressionism, finding his own distinctive resolution between formalism and representation. His brightly colored figurative and landscape paintings are rendered in a flat style that takes cues from everyday visual culture like advertising and cinema, in many ways anticipating both the formal and conceptual concerns of Pop Art. Well known for his many portraits of his wife and muse, Ada, Katz has also dedicated himself to printmaking and freestanding sculptures of cutout figures painted on wood or aluminum.

American, b. 1927, New York, New York, based in New York, New York