Pop culture and fine art are a lot more intertwined than we like to believe. Artists, for ages, have been taking stabs at the establishment that glorifies beauty, rock-bottoms and scandal but we can’t deny pop culture’s influence on our society’s landscape or the art world. Take the odd and rather obscene sculpture of Britney Spears in ‘Moment of Birth’ by artist Daniel Edwards who defends his work by saying it was more about the issue of ‘Pro-Life’ than it was about the celebrity. Or, his newest creation, depicting Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton’s babies in a cherubic bronze sculpture called ‘Special K and Little Grape’ to which he refers to the fetuses as womb-mates.
The banalities pop culture magnify are endless but, amidst it all is an artist who, oddly enough, is getting people to somehow ‘respect’ pop culture’s gifts to us through stunning illustrations of people that deserve it.
That artist is Sam Spratt.
The 24 year-old New York-based artist is an illustrator with a BFA from the Savannah College of Art. Upon graduation, he landed a job with Gawker, a blog that calls itself ‘the source for daily Manhattan media news and gossip’. Spratt’s colorful, photo-realistic illustrations added an artistic dimension to Gawker.
Since then, he’s been featured in Maxim, The Daily Dot, NME, Complex and MTV. Sam Spratt’s works combine the techniques of classical oil painting with digital media (Photoshop, Illustrator) to depict some of pop culture’s most influential people. His portfolio is quite diverse; covering everything from Angry Birds to molecular bacteria. But, its Sam’s portraits of musicians, actors and television/movie characters that make him the most highly sought after digital illustrator working today.