Kenny Scharf is a painter and installation artist associated with the Lowbrow movement ( an underground visual art movement that arose in the Los Angeles area in the late 1970s), and is best known for work inspired by comic books and pop culture. Born in Los Angeles in 1958, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and became part of the East Village art scene during the 1980s. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
A self-described "pop surrealist," Scharf employs a range of techniques, media and allusions to create hallucinatory worlds filled with floating donuts, cartoon characters and bright-coloured, often-anthropomorphic blobs. A dynamic and joyous burst of colour, form and energy radiate from his works. However, these saturated, seemingly playful shapes have sharp teeth that lurk beneath, reflecting the dual nature of our modern society. Kenny Scharf's paintings are always reflective of the artist's unique, self-generated, visual universe, drawing from ideas and experiences extracted from the surrounding world. He successfully conjoins fine art with popular culture feeding from the traditions of Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, comic books and Street Art.
Scharf has exhibited widely, including the Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg; Biennale de Sao Paolo, Brazil; Queens Museum of Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Portland Art Museum; and the NSU Art Museum Ft. Lauderdale.
Kenny Scharf, Headblox, 2016
Oil on canvas
304,8 x 228,6 cm | 120 x 90 in
Kenny Scharf, We're melting together Night and Day, 2017
Oil, acrylic and diamond dust on canvas
365,8 x 731,5 cm | 144 x 288 in
Kenny Scharf, Whirlific, 2018
Oil on linen with powder coated aluminium frame
91,4 x 91,4 cm | 36 x 36 in
Kenny Scharf, Untitled, 1994
Spray on wood
183,2 x 680,1 x 6 cm | 72.1 x 267.8 x 2.4 in
Kenny Scharf, Untitled, 1985
Oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas
137,2 x 66 cm | 54 x 26 in
Kenny Scharf, Jade Pea God, 1985
Oil on canvas, in artist's frame
208.3 x 240 cm | 82 x 94.5 in
Kenny Scharf, The Big Bong Theory, 1987
Oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, in artist's frame
226.8 x 226.1 cm | 89.3 x 89 in