About Zeph Farmby's works
Zeph Farmby's work is representative of the fields of Pop and Street art. It is British curator Lawrence Alloway who coined the term Pop-Art in 1955, to describe a new form of “Popular” art – a movement identified by the imagery of consumerism, mass reproduction, the media and popular culture from which its name derives. The Pop Art artists took inspiration from advertising, pulp magazines, billboards, movies, television, comic strips, and shop windows for their entertaining, playful and satirical works, which both can be seen as a celebration and a takedown of popular culture. Some prominent artists renowned for their contribution to Pop Art include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Richard Hamilton.
Often created in public locations, street art is in essence connected to graffiti art, although it covers a broader range of mediums and alternative formats. Artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring are considered to be pioneers of street art, and significantly influenced the newer generation of street artists, including Banksy and JR. The freedom and looseness of street art entices artists to create without boundaries, and often deliver a critique of modern issues.
Zeph Farmby in private collections
Historical Context of United States
The US, in particular New York city, remains as a focal point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly powerful art hub appeared in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art centre. The authority of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern sphere has granted the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are influential art movements that blossomed in the United States. These very movements also reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally acclaimed U.S artists of the modern age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.