Campbell La Pun
Originating from Melbourne, Tokyo based Campbell La Pun's paintings wallow in a mash-up of popular culture from iconic film characters to retro video games and Japanese anime cartoons to comic text. His pictures take us on a dizzying trip through the aesthetics of urban stencil art and a crazy world of Japanese Kawaii cuteness and Kimochi sensations.
Using everything from stencils to aerosol and acrylic paint on wood and canvas, La Pun invites us to journey through a modern world; his paintings reflect the dizzying range of motifs, colours and forms that manifest themselves in pop culture iconography and advertising images of the global marketplace. Thus attacking our senses every moment of every day. Each picture is a juxtaposition of East and West, America and Japan. A neon world of candy coloured madness that perpetually blinks in the artificial brightness of Times Square in New York and the Shibuya district in Tokyo.
Today he is known for his iconic “Spray Cans” where he uses all of his technique from previous series and strips them down to clean, simple, designs. The mash of iconic brands, logos, and pop culture transfixed on either a white or black background is what sets this series apart; bringing much humor and luxury into one. We can find plenty of his bright sensibilities in this collection, as he explores many combinations of today’s styles and trends, yet it is refined to bring a sense of design and composition effortlessly.