Craig Everett’s Urban Pop series captures the mood of his misspent youth in northern England in the 70s and 80s.
The artworks juxtapose the glamorous silver screen sirens of the 50s and 60s with contemporary iconography, giving the sepia-toned paintings a strong sense of nostalgia. A background of retro sweet wrappers, cars, bikes, games, cartoon character and TV shows draws the viewer in to examining the complexities of society’s obsession with consumerism and indulgence.
The paintings may bring to mind contexts as diverse as Monty Python, Pop Art, Dadaism or the saucy British beachfront postcards of the 1950s. There is also hint of Americana and vintage movies, as mysterious sultry ladies reach out of the art to return your stare.
This series uses spray painting on wood. Some include newsprint made into an intricate collage, which gives the painting a tactility that you want to reach out to and experience
There is something challenging in the faces of the lovable rogues that stare back at you from Craig’s Scallywags series.
Generation X takes the Scallywags into a more melancholic phase where things are darker and more gritty. This series of paintings takes its name from the generation born after the baby boomers, often perceived to be disaffected and directionless, as captured in Craig’s style here.
One thing’s for sure, these feisty fairies are no Tinker Bells. Disneyfied-but-dark, Craig Everett’s imaginary characters have a very real excess of attitude, and kick ‘flufftastic’ to the sidelines.
Eco warriors, an army of flying heroes dispatched by Mutha Nature to reclaim the world and put right the damage we have done, these are misfits on a mission. And one thing is for sure – these girls take no prisoners.