I had the idea first with The Three Graces when I thought, “Wouldn’t that be cute as an 80’s style Fruit of the Loom type ad?” Then I did Roman Statue on its own. And then I dived into a small collection of statues against very vibrant and colorful backgrounds.
When the idea for this collection, The Whatevers, first came to me I was going to paint statues posing with 90’s hand gestures. You know, the two hands forming a “W” or a finger and thumb in the shape of an “L” on a forehead. I was inspired by the expressions on their faces; they all seem so bored and judgmental. Like a 90’s teenager playing cool. But then I thought the hand gestures would block their facial expressions. So, I decided to focus specifically on their faces and write the slang words in.
I did six of them, because that happened to be the amount of same size canvases I had on me at the time. They are acrylic, because I wanted to be able to do them all at the same time. They are available separately in the shop on my website, but if someone wanted them all I would definitely do a “collection” price.
Pop art statues are the kinds of paintings that I would be happy to do Commissions of in any size, because they are so fun to do – just in case you were interested.
❤ Liz Kelly Zook
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