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Linnea Pergola Biography

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Linnea Pergola is a contemporary American artist whose work blends vibrant images of scenes from the modern-day hustle-and-bustle of cities with the quaint, nostalgic, home-grown simple realism of American folk artists like Grandma Moses. Pergola was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and has been exhibiting work at galleries including The Ambassador Gallery of New York, Martin Lawrence and others since 1989.  Pergola's subject matter is influenced by her time at Cal...

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Patrick Hughes Biography

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Patrick Hughes is a British artist who works in London. Born in Birmingham in 1939, he attended James Graham Day College in Leeds, where afterward he taught at Leeds College of Art. He eventually left that role to produce artwork independently, and his early pieces are characterized by a sense of playfulness and rejection of the serious tone of many of his contemporaries, who focused on sociopolitical issues regarding race,...

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Shepard Fairey Biography

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Shepard Fairey’s artwork encompasses graphic design, illustration, pop art and street art, with a heavy emphasis on social activism and societal critique. Fairey is perhaps best known for his “Hope” campaign, a series of posters that portray then-presidential candidate Barack Obama in a portrait setting in an iconic vector-graphic style featuring red, beige and multiple shades of blue, along with the word “HOPE,” “PROGRESS,” “CHANGE.” These posters, inspired by Social...

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Keith Haring Biography

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Born and raised in Pennsylvania by parents Allen and Joan Haring, Keith Haring became fascinated by the whimsical illustrative styles of Walt Disney, Charles Schultz and Dr. Seuss at an early age. His father, whose hobby was cartooning, helped nurture his love for the artform throughout his childhood. In 1976, he enrolled in the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburg, but dropped out after two semesters. Later, in 1978,...

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Roy Lichtenstein Biography

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Roy Fox Lichtenstein was a leading member of the 1960s New York pop art scene that also included Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns. Lichtenstein’s work stands out due to its highly graphical comic book style and use of popular American characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and more, as well as an ironic and cynical look at cliché in American life.

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