Kenny Scharf is an artist at the centre of the emergence of pop art, playing a huge part in its coming to life while making an everlasting impact on contemporary art. Kenny is one of the most well established and hugely influential artists of his generation, and continues still to create, grow and develop beyond expectations. Renowned for his depictions of two of his favourite animations, The Flintstones and The Jetsons, the palpably infectious enthusiasm of this psychedelic individual shines through into his artworks. I spoke with Kenny about his past works and his latest exhibition as he walked through his studio, a place he refers to as “a refuge from the rest of the world”.
Can you tell us a bit about growing up and how it shaped you as an artist?
I grew up in the San Fernando Valley of LA, and became immersed in the visuals of 50s cars and the pop googie architecture that surrounded me and forced me to see the world in this futuristic fantasy inspired way that I love. When the 70s kicked in, and futuristic fantasy gave way to boxy bland, I decided to continue the fantasy
through my art.