Pop art portraits

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I treasure the professional portraits I’ve had taken of my children. The photographers captured certain expressions and looks that are ‘so them’. However, mainstream portraits are not everyone’s style. The current trend to black and white images, portraits that are really close-up or gathering all the kids together for a photo session in the park, certainly produce beautiful results but they aren’t the only way to capture childhood moments. All Pop Art has turned portraits into art by giving candid photos a modern treatment.

Why have a standard portrait when you can have Warhol style panels of repeated images in colours that pop or a Lich style portrait that looks straight from a retro comic book?   I like how the bold use of colour and strong styles make these pieces a work of art as well as family mementos. While I’d be unlikely to hang a huge photograph above the fireplace, I would certainly use a piece from All Pop Art, simply because they are so striking.

Also in the range is the Manga, or Japanese fantasy style. The playfulness and cartoon quality of the Manga portraits make them a perfect choice for kids. I particularly like the silhouettes. Whilst a silhouette portrait may sound terribly old-fashioned, the result is simple, beautiful and perfectly at home in modern decor.

To really appreciate how the designers do their magic at All Pop Art, have a look at the gallery images. There are lots of examples of the photos that were used as the starting point and the portraits that were created, giving you a good idea of the different styles and artistic treatments.

Prices for portraits vary depending on size, mounting and frames. The Warhol style portraits begin at US$120, silhouettes at US$50 and Manga style at US$135. All Pop Art delivers to Australia.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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