With a smartphone in hand and an array of filters ready to enhance or completely change any image, many people consider themselves to be fantastic photographers and artists in today’s world. And in the world of contemporary art, it could very well be said these tools are what is needed to create an enchanting work of art, or at the very least the beginning of a great idea.
But it cannot detract from the true craft and those involved in the high-end contemporary art market are pouring their heart and souls into offering their viewers an alternative angle when it comes to gazing at everyday snapshots captured in this modern world.
With his wonderfully electric artworks offering this view, New York City-based artist Marko Stout is emerging as one of the greatest contemporary multimedia artists of his generation.
Pairing vibrant works with the human form alongside a whole host of celebrity endorsements, Marko Stout is certainly evolving as one of the artists to keep an eye out for.
Bold and bright artworks explore the male and female form, sometimes with suggestive subject matter and always with a clear, bold message, leaving the viewer with nowhere to hide. Expect to see neon colours popping from the canvas, depicting urban life in New York City in snapshots designed to turn heads. This edgy, glamorous and unapologetic pop style is not just limited to the canvas, in fact, Stout is most noted for his large-scale video installations, sculptures, films and trademark metal urban print works, quite the range of mediums to showcase his styles, and consuming the senses of those who view his variety of works.
Stout’s website offers the perfect explanation of why his style is so captivating in today’s world: “Accolades may still fall around Warhol as the Art Pop fanatics cling to the nostalgia of his influence, yet, Stout’s exhumation of carnality holds a mirror to the disparity which lingers between true desire, and the filtered experiences we pretend to crave. With cathartic honesty, the real world is put before you, polished with a cinematic infusion of rock candescence. Void of smoke and mirrors, the art lustrously blinks with resonant realism, pulling you from the comfort of archaic Pop Art into a modern realm of unfiltered ardour.”
Stout has been drawing in the crowds with young eager fans and seasoned dealers and collectors alike taking notice of the innovative artist. If you want to see some of his work up close, head to Tribeca Gallery in New York City this autumn to get a glimpse of what Stout’s work is really about, but if you can’t wait until then, his website showcases a variety of his energetic artwork.
And if you find yourself quickly becoming a fan then you will certainly be in good company, for Stout boasts a rather impressive celebrity following. From a Mötley Crüe member to Miss Universe and TV and film stars alike, fans of his works are varied and compelling.
RuPaul Charles of RuPaul’s Drag Race describes Stout and his work as having: “Charisma, nerve, uniqueness and talent!” while film star, Charlie Sheen claims Stout to be a “Freaking genius! His Art is Fantastic!” Young and leading musician, Billie Eilish also counts herself as a fan, while Mötley Crüe frontman, Vince Neil claims of the artist: “Good Buddy Marko Stout is an Awesome Artist! Really Rocks!!”
With such a varied and noted following in the celebrity world, it is no surprise that his popularity has soared among the general public too with sales apparently plentiful at his past Manhattan solo exhibitions. Perhaps it’s the way he forces the viewer to confront what is staring them in the face with his bold style, or perhaps his use of vibrant colour to portray his ultra-realistic narratives is what appeals to his audience, either way, Marko Stout is an artist worth keeping an eye on in the world of contemporary art.