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MULTI-LAYERED VISUAL EXPERIENCE BY JAMES RAWSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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James Rawson currently lives and works in Norfolk, England as a postmodern pop artist. Predominantly working in the medium of collage and painting, Rawson found no inspiration in the beautiful Norfolk landscape he grew up in; instead, the landscape of pop culture fed his artistic drive.

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James’ work blurs the boundaries between collage and painting, using preparatory paper collages as reference for his larger paintings. He aims to reflect the multi-layered visual experience we all live in. Appropriating the very images that have become implicit in our society, his imagery disturbs our sense of reality and confuses our perception of popular culture. Rawson’s paintings address some of the most important issues of the last 50 years; over consumption, greed, inequality and life as a spectacle. It deals with the ubiquity of advertising, sex selling everything, fast food and TV as the drug of a nation.

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