Mixed Media - Spray Paint|Stencil and hand paper collage.
450 x 600mm.
About the artwork
Novak's art practice (aka New Blood Pop) is well known for drawing influence from popular culture, movies, science fiction and the cult of celebrity. All are grounded originally in his childhood passions. It is with this commonality that animals inhabit the spotlight in these portraits. Growing up in the Novak household he was fascinated by shows such as ‘Our World’ and other David Attenborough documentaries with his three brothers.
These works may appear to be in some cases examples of juxtaposition for juxtaposition’s sake e.g. a fierce growling Wolf back-lit with 'Picasso's child holding a dove', or a cheeky Rabbit proudly superimposed on top of a battalion of Stormtroopers. However, they are not purely challenging us to find associations (that might at first be elusive). Novak is commenting on our priorities as humans in the 21st century... provoking questions such as - who are the real stars? Will we know what we’ve taken for granted until it’s too late?
The animals selected are 'international' in nature in line with Novak's practice as an internationally-galleried artist based in NZ, rather than solely a 'NZ artist' per se. His influences stem largely from superstar artists around the globe many of which he has shown with in recent years overseas (his Warholian aesthetic is intentionally unsubtle).
So when you find yourself asking ‘why is a Mountain Goat and Sigourney Weaver or the Mona Lisa combined in the same painting?' The artist challenges us back, asking... 'well why the hell not?!'
Free of charge within New Zealand.