Project Popeye began as part of a wider investigation of seaside images and icons.
Originally conceived in 1929 as a newspaper comic-strip, Popeye became a cultural phenomenon during the Great Depression, the years between two world wars blighted by social powerlessness and economic hardship.
Resolutely ordinary yet tough, resilient, confident and super-strong, this self-made man personified the American dream in a time of international hardship and became an icon of triumph over adversity. Sailor, tough-guy, hero, legend, his relevance is still resonant.
In a series of embellished digital and screen prints, Popeye is appropriated, reimagined and made at home in more contemporary settings, from seaside towns to London’s Docklands.
Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto can be placed in any setting where sailors would have roamed. Contact me here for bespoke commissions.