About the Book
POP BOOK With Yellow Title and the final version. Seven years in the making to create, "POP - Art inspired by New York's own subcultures from celebrity to subway" takes digital based art to an entirely new level exploring new ground combining fine art photography and hand painting.
The book contains Pop artist Olan's photo-based art along with poetry and famous art quotes.
According to Michael Musto of The Village Voice: Olan is 'UPPING THE SUBCULTURE.'
"I create my art from my own photographs. I love this city and the people I meet every day. I create my work by painting on my photos. This is my art and my way of taking the genre of digital photo-based art to an entirely new and different level.
People play with levels, curves and colors when they retouch or as many say 'photoshop.' I go further, taking it to the abstract paying homage to the 80's through color and rhetoric. I hand paint many of the works to further skew the lines and push the envelope - you know I remember when all retouching was done by hand," states Olan.
"This new art form deserves to be investigated by artists to the full extent - from camera to computer to an actual printed piece to be further explored - it's exciting and facinating like my subjects," states Olan.
"I am simply playing with all of these aspects and involving my artist hand as well as the keypad and computer drawing utensils. It's wonderful to balance the past with the future in art to create a new genre," says Olan.
According to Michael Musto, "Olan starts by taking a photo of you while telling you how meaningful you are to society and/or how you have penetrating eyes. Then he does painty or digital things to the photo and emerges with a portrait that's generally super colorful and very true. I'm hardly his only subject; he's also done Boy George, Justin Bond, Rufus Wainwright, and even some straight people."
"My work is an effort to capture an essence," says Olan, "and place it into a perpetual freeze frame. Why can't a nanosecond last forever?"
"My Olan portrait will last forever, that's for sure. I ain't throwing it out!" - Michael Musto, The Village Voice
I create my paintings from my own photographs. They are a combination of my photos handpainted on canvas. My work has a simple message: see the individual through color and light. by doing so, one's individuality can be more fully understood. It is a visual stimulation to remind people to simply look at one another and see through the layers of a complex personality. In our world today fame and pop stardom are sometimes reduced to “5 seconds of fame”. In some respects we can blame (or thank) the mass media for contributing to a jaded social value of “been there, done that”. Regardless, my work is an effort to capture an essence within that fleeting context and place it into a perpetual freezeframe. why can’t a nano-second last forever? - "Olan's pop art explodes off the canvas like fireworks, both contemplating and celebrating the beauty of the individual." - Jennifer Cattaul for MAR Magazine - July-Aug 2006