What can I say of Paul Baines? His artwork is bubbled with clever satire and humor that blasts your mind with creativity. The revolutionary way he expresses social change in some of his pieces is very cool. His technique reminds me of a few Andy Warhol, Roy Liechtenstein, and Jasper Johns pieces my eyes have come across--- a time of transition in the art culture. Pop art was on the rise and Paul Baines takes me back to that tremendous moment. The color and effect techniques used in Baines piece “Fountains” is similar to the techniques of Warhol used to create these killer skateboards The Andy Warhol Foundation and Alien Workshop collaborated on in tribute to Andy Warhol.
“Fountains” is my favorite at the moment by Paul Baines. The backdrop above the urinals gives me feelings of the chaos of life; the instant gratification in power, technology and consumerism that everyone witnesses. The difference in the men’s attire depicts different lives within society, as far as paths people end up on. The thing most noticeable to me, the thing that I love the most about this piece is the distance between the two men and the fact that one man is facing the chaos while the other has his back turned on it. In context to social issues today, those two details paint the picture that many youth witness on a day to day basis---everyone pissing on the same world, but those better off get the luxury of turning their back on the bullshit while others take it on head first.
Photo courtesy of http://www.highsnobiety.com/2010/01/21/andy-warhol-x-alien-workshop-skate-decks/ and http://paulbaines.co.uk/