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The provocative, pensive and often pornographic pop art of Melbourne’s Ben Frost

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Ben Frost is an Melbourne-based artist known for his thought-provoking, kaleidoscopic pop art mashups that undermine the mainstream through subversive visual and thematic techniques.

His art collates a myriad of influences – ranging from raunchy Japanese manga and 60s pop art, to advertising and politics – in a way that is both familar and confronting – and a usually little NSFW.

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Visually compelling, morally provocative and sexually stimulating, Ben Frost is making classic pop art with a neoteric edge.

Frost’s art-making is provocative in every sense of the word: visually, morally, sexually. His use of bold colours and heavy delineation recalls the ghosts of golden era pop artists like Lichtenstein and Warhol, but with a neoteric edge.

Some of his more flagrant works include two women engaged in 69 (employing the use of bananas) painted onto a French Raisin Bran box emblazoned with the words deux pelletees, translation: two scoops; or a woman being spanked by a sternly-dressed librarian, painted on a McDonalds chip box, or a man pulling a mask of his face over his real face, painted onto a Botox prescription box.

It’s statement art, with hidden meanings and overt messages bombarding your senses. And it’s hugely entertaining. Have a look at a selection of his pieces below, keeping in mind that many of these images are NSFW.

Check out more at Frost’s website.

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January 12, 2017

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