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Kenny Scharf

Kenny Scharf (American, born 1958) is a painter and installation artist associated with the Lowbrow movement, and best known for his comic book and pop culture inspired work. Born in Los Angeles, California, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and was part of the East Village art scene in the 1980s.

His early works, such as Judy on the Beach (1962) and The Flinstones (1962), were heavily influenced by Hanna Barbera cartoons, but he gradually turned to biomorphic imagery. In 1985, the Whitney Biennial featured Scharf's black light installations, such as Closet #7, and the painting When Worlds Collide (1984). In the late 1980s, he began a series of Glob paintings, inspired by Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism.

Scharf's most recent series of paintings, entitled Naturafutura (2010), depicts abstract swirls of black paint, inspired by his studio on the Brazilian coast and the BP oil spill. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Monterrey, Mexico, MoMA PS1 in New York, and the Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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