John Wesley, ‘Whats Going on in the Halls?’, 1970-1979, Lions Gallery
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share

John Wesley

Whats Going on in the Halls?, 1970-1979

Lithograph
14 × 18 in
35.6 × 45.7 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
Sold
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
Lions Gallery

This is an iconic Pop Art Silkscreen image from the 1970s

John Wesley was born in Los Angeles, …

Medium
Print
Signature
Not signed
Certificate of authenticity
Not included
Frame
Not included
John Wesley
American, b. 1928
Follow

John Wesley traces fashion and news images from books and magazines as the basis for his highly stylized acrylic paintings. While he adopts the flattened forms and bright colors characteristic of Pop art, his style is often seen in line with the formal tenets of Minimalism espoused by Donald Judd and, somewhat paradoxically, to the Rococo, whose “casual, libidinous allegories” the critic David Hickey credits Wesley with reinventing. Rather than critique consumerist culture, Wesley’s cartoonish paintings, inspired to an extent by René Magritte and Giorgio de Chirico, celebrate fantasy and express human fears and desires. They reference popular culture (especially the comic strip “Blondie”), but fix “on the neurotic, erotically inclined psyche of the American male, with its rage and frustration, longing and loss,” according to New York Times critic Andrea K. Scott.

John Wesley, ‘Whats Going on in the Halls?’, 1970-1979, Lions Gallery
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
About the work
Lions Gallery

This is an iconic Pop Art Silkscreen image from the 1970s

John Wesley was born in Los Angeles, California, on November 25, 1928. He is a pop artist.

After holding a series of odd jobs, he began painting at the age of 22. His first exhibition consisted mostly of large-format acrylic paintings of imaginary seals and …

Medium
Print
Signature
Not signed
Certificate of authenticity
Not included
Frame
Not included
John Wesley
American, b. 1928
Follow

John Wesley traces fashion and news images from books and magazines as the basis for his highly stylized acrylic paintings. While he adopts the flattened forms and bright colors characteristic of Pop art, his style is often seen in line with the formal tenets of Minimalism espoused by Donald Judd and, somewhat paradoxically, to the Rococo, whose “casual, libidinous allegories” the critic David Hickey credits Wesley with reinventing. Rather than critique consumerist culture, Wesley’s cartoonish paintings, inspired to an extent by René Magritte and Giorgio de Chirico, celebrate fantasy and express human fears and desires. They reference popular culture (especially the comic strip “Blondie”), but fix “on the neurotic, erotically inclined psyche of the American male, with its rage and frustration, longing and loss,” according to New York Times critic Andrea K. Scott.

John Wesley

Whats Going on in the Halls?, 1970-1979

Lithograph
14 × 18 in
35.6 × 45.7 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
Sold
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Other works by John Wesley
Related works
Most Similar