(Extra)Ordinary Hero

Steven Abel Hart | United Kingdom

Mixed Media

Pop Art

50" x 38" x 3"


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    Art Description: I’ve been a huge fan of Dave Grohl since the early 1990’s, when he was playing drums with Nirvana. But, I absolutely love the Foo Fighters, they’re one of my favourite bands, so I wanted to honour him by creating a large, multi-layered portrait to tell the story of his life and successful career in rock music. The background collage is comprised of many found and cut out images of Grohl's life and amazing music career. Each image was cut out and lovingly pasted together by hand to form a colourful and complex background collage. I wanted to show everything that went into making Dave Grohl the man that he is today, and why he is lovingly known as ‘the nicest man in rock music’ by all of his dedicated fans. He has done so many great things in his career, and had lots of crazy rock ‘n’ roll adventures, and this makes him an almost larger than life character, who is almost universally loved in the music industry and beyond. The actual full length portrait of Grohl was created using layers of colour paper, with details rendered in pencil, colour pencil, fine-line pen and graphic marker. I can tell you that a lot of Dave Grohl’s music was listened to over the six months that it took me to create such a large piece of artwork. This portrait was created with love and admiration to portray Dave Grohl's life in just one, captured moment, but also to show the many cherished moments in his life.


    Medium Used: Pencil, colour pencil, fine-line pen, graphic marker. Cut out images from magazines, scans, print outs and photocopies. PVA glue, spray glue and double sided tape. Cartridge Paper/Board.


    Steven Abel Hart | United Kingdom

    While teaching Art, Design and Illustration in Scottish Further Education colleges for over 25 years Steven experimented with a wide variety of different drawing, painting and illustration styles and techniques, to produce many portrait commissions for private clients, family and friends. He started really experimenting with the layering of his work and the inclusion of collage and photo montage several years ago as he wanted his art works to be much more than just ‘simple portraits’. He wants each piece he creates to really tell the story of the person’s life, and be as different from other artists’ work as possible. Many of his new portraits are created at quite a large scale and take many months to complete as every single image in his complex and colourful background collages is cut out and pieced together by hand, making each piece completely unique.