Born from the artist’s longstanding admiration of David Bowie, ‘Neon’ celebrates the pop icon’s artistic journey from 1970-1980. This was a prolific period for Bowie, during which he produced over 10 seminal albums – what Sidoli calls his ‘Golden Years’.
From performing as Ziggy Stardust during the Glam Rock years to his famed New Romantic Ashes to Ashes photoshoot, each piece of artwork reimagines iconic moments in Bowie’s career in a fusion of aluminium and neon.
Containing approximately 180 individual components and taking nearly six weeks to create, each work starts life as a pencil sketch. The artist then undertakes computer aided design, metallurgy, engineering, carpentry and neon glass-making before the pieces reach the gallery walls.
Sidoli has carved himself a new niche in contemporary pop art as the only UK artist to combine text, imagery and neon elements in this way. Many of his pieces also contain hidden symbolism in the layers of imagery. Inspired by popular culture in all its forms, Sidoli places a special emphasis on Bowie as a pop icon, crediting the release of his 1971 album ‘Hunky Dory’ as a defining moment in his development as an artist.
He explains: “It was the track ‘Andy Warhol’ on this album that from an early age, first ignited my curiosity and love of the pop art movement. It’s fair to say that without this album, I might not have become an artist.
“Today my work takes pop culture references from a variety of different sources such as newspapers, memorabilia and public records, to create artworks that are iconic and accessible.”
After making a name for himself as a rising star of the contemporary art world, Sidoli was signed to the UK’s leading fine art publisher, Washington Green Fine Art, in 2007. His work has since been the subject of over 50 solo and group exhibitions throughout the UK and USA and is owned by collectors worldwide, including high profile personalities such as Liam Gallagher, Ozzy Osbourne and Henry Holland. Discover more at www.louis-sidoli.com.
Via direct submission | All images courtesy of Washington Green Fine Art & Castle Galleries
Main image: Year Of The Diamond Dogs, 1974