We asked Aaron Bihari what fueled his fire in creating his piece, ‘VW Love’.
“I’ve loved psychedelic pop art since I was a kid. It’s the saturated colours, the playfulness, the intensity, and the freedom to mix different kinds of art together. In a way it’s the original mash-up tradition, pulling from Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Surrealism, Mid-Century Modern, photography, comic books, and pretty much whatever it encounters.
In my own work, the style gives me permission to be more outrageous. The colour can be so intense that it vibrates, and I’m always reminded when I’m being too serious and brought gently back to a lighter, playful touch. It can be surreal, use odd juxtapositions, be raunchy and playful at the same time.
Besides, I don’t think there’s anything more important than peace & love.
VW Love is from a ramble I took one day in the hills of North Devon (UK) and came across this old VW van in the road. Maybe someone spiked the air, but I just felt the groove & wanted to play. The background photo is from that walk, although I recall the hills being a slightly different hue. More magenta, maybe…”