What is Pop Art?

What is Pop Art?

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PopUp Painting events are art entertainment experiences, giving people the opportunity to try something new and unleash their creative energy in an informal and friendly environment. We use popular and iconic pieces of artwork as inspiration for our evenings of painting and wine. All of our events are carefully considered to offer the perfect themed experience, with matching painting and playlists. One popular theme that PopUp Painting embraces is Pop Art.


Rising in the mid 1950s in Britain and late 1950s in America, Pop Art reached its peak in the 1960s. It began as a mutiny against the leading approaches to art and culture and traditional views at the time on what art should be. By embracing commercial techniques, and creating polished, machine-produced art, the Pop Artists were standing out and moving away from the painterly trend of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Young artist felt that museums and art schools did not reflect their opinions and visions of the world at that moment of time, so they turned to common sources such as pop music, advertising, everyday objects, and movies. Pop Art explored contemporary consumer culture in a transient, expendable, popular way and can be referred to as the first manifestation of postmodernism.


Leading Pop Artists in America were Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol; in Britain, Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Allen Jones, and Eduardo Paolozzi.  But it was Andy Warhol who really brought Pop Art to the public eye. In 1962 he used silkscreen for a series of easel paintings for some of his best known pieces: ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’, ‘Coca-Cola Bottles’, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe.


PopUp Painting embraces the work of artists such as Warhol, Lichtenstein and Hockney to transform an evening of painting into a time hop back to the 60s. Each event features a playlist from the era and step by step guidance from a qualified and practicing artist who will help guests paint their own masterpieces and help immerse them in the period. You can paint your very own version of ‘A Bigger Splash’ by David Hockney, an ‘Oh Jeff’ by Roy Lichtenstein, and either a red or blue ‘Marilyn Monroe’ by Andy Warhol. Although there is freedom to paint whatever you like, you will be inspired by the spirit of Pop Art, with a canvas full of hard edges and flat tones of colour. All done in two and a half hours, ready to take home with you at the end of the evening!



PopUp Painting aims to bring art out of the classroom and the gallery and into the places where people meet on an everyday basis. Bringing social painting to London, we pop up in bars and restaurants right across London, Surrey and St. Albans. With public eventscorporate events and private parties, and with themes from Banksy to Van Gogh, our events require no experience and give people a chance to have fun unleashing their creativity. Wine glass in one hand, paint brush in the other. Our painting and wine nights are one of the most creative things to do in London! 


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