Fandom and oil painting may seem to be unlikely bedfellows, but one artist is showing how the sportspeople, rocks stars, and movie characters we all know and love can become a very personal artistic statement.
Paul Oz, a self-taught fine artist with a love for wonderful textures and 3D effects naturally gravitated towards oil painting. But he takes it to the next level, layering on oil paint to create remarkable, and strictly non-classical artworks that reflect our times, and the things we love most.
To see a sample of his works, visit Paul Oz at art market.co uk and get ready for an enlightening peep into classic modernity with a pop culture twist. Did you think Yoda could become the subject for a serious artwork? We could argue that Paul’s interpretation is just a bit of fun; until we see the results of many hours spent creating a monumental masterpiece based on one of our favourite movie characters.
Sports, Movies, Champagne. Everything we Love Immortalised: If you thought that the art of living and art itself are two separate things, think again. From race car drivers to portraits of actors in our favourite roles and that celebratory bottle of champagne, Paul Oz captures unforgettable moments in deeply textured oil paintings that will stand the test of time.
But that’s not his aim. What Paul wants is the ‘Woooohaaaaa’ effect: that iconic moment that no 21st century soul will ever forget. He wants it now. He captures it to perfection. A formula one car is captured speeding around a corner; Batman captures your eye with a penetrating stare and stern demeanour. Is it art? There can be no question about that.
Why Oils? Digital art is all the rage. Mixed media artists combine digital art with a variety of other artistic mediums and techniques, yet Paul Oz goes all out on oils; a medium that we may have thought rather 20th century at best. Until, that is, we see his works. But why?
Paul is clearly a lover of textures so strongly visual that they may even seem tactile. For him, there is no better medium. Oil paints have what he wants, and he demonstrates why he made this choice with every piece in his portfolio of completed works. There is certainly no question that choosing oil paint as a medium is behind the times. Indeed, Paul Oz takes oil painting into the modern world with style.
Yes, it takes a lot longer. Yes, it’s a craft as well as an art. Every detail is captured by hand. But the result is visual textures that almost seem tactile: well worth the invested time and all the more marvellous because each line was painted by hand. And there’ll be an extra wow factor as popular culture becomes art in the truest sense.
Relax, Your Fandom is Art: Besides the ‘Woooohaaaaa’ effect cited by Paul Oz, and the realisation of that moment when viewing his works, Paul Oz proves that fandom and art needn’t be strangers. In fact, they’re just a continuation of a classical trend with a modern twist. Why the plethora of religious themes in artists around the time of the enlightenment? Why the love of romantic and mythical themes that permeated the 18th and 19th century? It’s because these themes had a wide fan base at the time. So, what do you love, right here, right now, and without any pretence at intellectualism? Now take a look. There’s a good chance that Paul already painted it.