Pop art is an artistic movement that began in the mid-1950s in Britain and the late 1950s in the United States. Pop art posed a challenge to the traditions of fine art by incorperating imagery from popular culture such as advertising and news. In pop art, materials are sometimes visually removed from its actual context, and is then isolated, and/or combined with dissimilar material. The Pop art form employs aspects of mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects.
One of the main aims is to incorperate the use of popular images (as opposed to exclusive) culture in art. It is also related to the artists’ use of mechanical means of imitation or rendering skills. The Pop art movement aimed to blur the boundaries between “high” art and “low” culture, by creating paintings or sculptures of mass culture objects and media stars. The concept that there is no pecking order in culture and that art is permitted to borrow from any source has been one of the most influential characteristics of Pop art.
The following is a list of pioneers of the pop art movement , the American pop artists are namely Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist, and Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton in Britain. These pioneers all had different approaches to pop art for example; Roy Lichtenstein’s style was soley based on the comic strip aspect of culture. However, they have collectively changed and in doing so have influenced the entire art scene being as they left behind countless new and innovative possibilities of art making that can be implemented universally.