In my own tradition, I leave a memorable edge of fun in my work. Over time my style has developed a great deal. I now realise that it’s more than ok to hit the viewer with a solid wall of sugar coated imagery, but equally as important to include an inevitable sugar crash!
I AM A POP
Pop Surrealism is a fusional mash of Pop Art and Surrealism… the product, or the bastard offspring, of Dali and Warhol. I follow the formula of mixing the weird with the cute in equalised measures. I tend to shy away from mixing darker, moodier pallets like some of the great American pop surrealist; instead, I like to blurt out colour.
In 1996 on the island of Kefalonia, off the coast of Greece, I met an old odd man who asked me:
“If it takes a week for a fly to walk a barrel of treacle with hobnailed boots on, how many bananas do you get in a bunch of grapes?” *
This seemingly bizarre question has resonated with me from that moment as a young child. His playful words and array of riddles were odd – and I liked that! He was different and anything but a stereotypical pensioner.
Looking at what is hanging in some mainstream UK art galleries, I find a lot of the work bland and humourless; however, I also learn from art I don’t enjoy. It’s useful as its helps me to substantiate my own style. I follow my own journey of a colourful orgy of edgy and punchy pop surrealism, nodding to the highly influential American lowbrow scene. I have a long string of influences, but painting for my own amusement is still my main source of inspiration.
MY CREATIVE SPACE
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MY NAME IS
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I AM A POP
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Jimmer Willmott is a pop surrealist painter that lives and paints in his studio, a Dutch narrow barge in Bristol, UK. Painting mainly in acrylics on canvas or board, his work has been shown at exhibitions across the south west. Here he introduces a collection of some of his recent artwork. “If it takes a week for a fly to walk a barrel of treacle with hobnailed boots on, how many bananas do you get in a bunch of grapes” * a fellow holiday-maker, Kefalonia 1996 Moving away from what I had started to find the bland and humourless in many galleries was a defining moment for me to substantiate my own style; a crossroads for me to start my own colourful orgy of edgy and punchy pop surrealism, nodding to the highly influential American lowbrow scene I found myself drawn to. I’ve had a string of influences over the last few years but having amusement is the main contender that resonates in my art and is my main source of inspiration. Mad magazine was always my favourite thing to look at then I found Juxtapoz magazine, which blew my mind. My work combines a frenzied mash of 1950s characters, mass produced plastic and sugary food products. I also like painting eyeballs on things. In my work, I like to play with perspective and contrast. Cheapening imagery is something I genuinely find funny; it keeps me constantly developing my palette and keeps me motivated behind the paint brush. In my recent work I’ve realised that it’s more than ok to hit the viewer with a solid wall of sugar-coated glucose, but equally important to include an inevitable sugar crash. Bright colours and playful imagery keep the subject matter light, with a heavy comedown in the hint of something not quite right and out of kilter.
MY CREATIVE SPACE
For the last few years I’ve been living and painting on my beautiful narrow boat home. Moored in the centre of Bristol, it’s been my own floating studio. My small but warm and cosy creative space, great for hiding away and painting. Sadly, I’m selling my “Lady Sarah”; my paintings are evolving on a larger scale and with my ever-growing daughter, I’ve run out of room.
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