A sharp eye for color and a precise sense of composition are the basic elements in the screen prints that Gerd J. Mangels produces. While his works follow in the footsteps of such Pop art masters as Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana, the artist moves that style forward in images that turn cultural and commercial icons into graphically striking patterns. With a finely developed sense of proportion and scale, he creates works in which recognizable images are placed into new frameworks, giving each one new life through shifts in perspective and scale.
Mangels also expertly uses color to put his personal stamp on each image. Employing acrylics on paper to produce his prints, he makes the most of the intense, bright shades that acrylics offer, and balances his colors in a way that further animates each image. “I am in essence,” he says, “applying a color scheme which is intended to jump right off the paper into the onlooker’s eyes.” That sense of direct contact with the viewer gives his prints an air of spontaneity, making them feel contemporary and unique.