Robert Mars

United States 1969

Pop Art

www.robertmars.com

Robert Mars
Robert Mars
Male
United States
1969
January 21, 2013
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Robert Mars is an American artist whose work chronicles American popular culture and celebrates the icons of the 1950’s and 60’s.
Through the application of a rich color palette and tongue-in-cheek attitude, Mars’ paintings evoke a vintage quality of design and pay homage to the idealized age of growth and hopefulness that was prevalent in the USA at the end of the Depression. A time before the internet and mobile technology, where information was not instantly available to millions and there was no such thing as instant internet celebrities, and instead people lived with the myth of the unique, untouchable and unforgettable personalities of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley.

By merging his own concept of personal idols with those of mainstream culture, Mars is able to focus his work on a deeper analysis of the Golden Age of American personalities. As an artist, he has always been fascinated with 1950’s and 60’s culture, and his early work reflects many of the architectural and mechanical icons from this era. Muscle cars, motels, logos and hulking monuments to the “modern” feeling of the time permeate his early canvases. More recently however, Mars’ artwork has shifted toward the culture of celebrity and he is amazingly attuned to the fact that these instantly recognizable and larger-than-life personalities continue to resonate with contemporary American culture.

A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, Mars begins the creative process by preparing his surface with multiple layers of brown paper in order to define the edges and delineate the background planes of color. He then alternates layers of paint and vintage paper ephemera, sanding away portions of the layers as he works, revealing the desired portions of under painting with the overall intention to provide the viewer with a muted window into America’s past. Chronicling this fascination with 1950’s and 60’s iconography, Mars has produced a body of artwork from his studio in New York that celebrates the commonplace objects and icons of an America long past, in a thoroughly modern and exquisitely constructed manner. His eye for a distinct facet of American history is impeccable and his ability to manipulate the color and wordplay of vintage printed material has earned him reference with the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Richard Diebenkorn among other masters from the School of Pop. Robert Mars’ artwork is exhibited worldwide including museum collections in Munich, Tokyo, Amsterdam, London, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Paris, Aspen and Naples.

His artwork was selected for the Absolut Vodka Blank campaign alongside Damien Hirst, and his largest sized piece to date was acquired by Philip Morris/Altria for their corporate headquarters in Virginia. In 2015 Mars was chosen for the cover of Neiman Marcus’ May Book, while Coca­Cola purchased several existing works and ordered commissions for a world tour celebrating the 100 year anniversary of their trademark bottle shape, in which his artwork was spotlighted. 2016 will see Mars as a featured artist for a custom high end wallpaper and tile series with Kari Whitman Interiors. He will have a solo exhibition at the Evansville Museum of Art in Indiana, where he will also be an artist in residence and guest lecturer.

Featured image: Robert Mars – Three Times The Lady (detail), photo credits of the artist

Giant Steps Marilyn Pop Form
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Giant Steps Marilyn Pop Form Robert Mars144.8 x 116.8 x 5.1 cm Mixed Media
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What We Become Kate Time Capsule
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What We Become Kate Time Capsule , 2017Robert Mars127 x 128.2 cm Mixed Media
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Total Obsession
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Total Obsession , 2017Robert Mars116.8 x 116.8 cm Mixed Media
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Love is Life (Marilyn)
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Love is Life (Marilyn) , 2017Robert Mars127 x 101.6 cm Mixed Media
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I Am Still Here Chanel
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I Am Still Here Chanel , 2017Robert Mars127 x 101.6 cm Mixed Media
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Worlds Most Honored Coke
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Worlds Most Honored Coke , 2014Robert Mars91.4 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm Mixed Media
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Get Lucky Brad (with William Goodman)
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Get Lucky Brad (with William Goodman) , 2016Robert Mars116.8 x 167.6 cm Mixed Media
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Could You Be Loved
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Could You Be Loved , 2016Robert Mars116.8 x 116.8 cm Mixed Media
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Golden Sparklers
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Golden Sparklers , 2016Robert Mars116.8 x 116.8 cm Mixed Media
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Exhilaration Audrey
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Exhilaration Audrey , 2017Robert Mars114.3 x 114.3 x 10.2 cm Mixed Media
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Standing Ovation
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Standing Ovation Robert Mars116.8 x 116.8 cm Mixed Media
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Straight Talker Mick
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Straight Talker Mick , 2015Robert Mars121.9 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm Mixed Media
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About Three Dreams Chanel
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About Three Dreams Chanel , 2016Robert Mars88.9 x 177.8 x 5.1 cm Mixed Media
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Salt And The Sea Bo
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Salt And The Sea Bo , 2017Robert Mars121.9 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm Mixed Media
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Grip On Chaos Winehouse (with William Goodman)
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Grip On Chaos Winehouse (with William Goodman) , 2016Robert Mars116.8 x 167.6 cm Mixed Media
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Band Of Gold
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Band Of Gold , 2016Robert Mars101.6 x 152.4 cm Mixed Media
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Sentimentalist (Audrey)
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Sentimentalist (Audrey) , 2016Robert Mars116.8 x 116.8 x 4.1 cm Mixed Media
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It Ain’t All Flowers Time CapsuleSold
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It Ain’t All Flowers Time Capsule , 2017Robert Mars132.1 x 132.1 x 10.2 cm Mixed Media
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Blowing in The Wind Marilyn
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Blowing in The Wind Marilyn , 2017Robert Mars127 x 203.2 x 5.1 cm Mixed Media
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American Bombshell Marilyn
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American Bombshell Marilyn , 2016Robert Mars127 x 101.6 x 7.6 cm Mixed Media
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A Pretty Girl Likes
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A Pretty Girl Likes , 2016Robert Mars127 x 101.6 cm Mixed Media
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Backwards With Time
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Backwards With Time , 2017Robert Mars139.7 x 106.7 cm Mixed Media
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Stella Was A Driver And She’s Always Down Ursulla
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Stella Was A Driver And She’s Always Down Ursulla , 2017Robert Mars121.9 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm Mixed Media
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Play Win Beckham (with William Goodman)
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Play Win Beckham (with William Goodman) , 2016Robert Mars116.8 x 116.8 cm Mixed Media
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Worth His Weight In Gold
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Worth His Weight In Gold , 2016Robert Mars116.8 x 116.8 cm Mixed Media
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Conquer The World (Mickey)
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Conquer The World (Mickey) , 2016Robert Mars137.2 x 116.8 x 4.1 cm Mixed Media
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