Creating and minting NFT art with artist Steve Munro

Playful Pop of Minimalistic Art Prints

The newest addition to the MINUS ART prints collection, Melbourne-based artist Steve Munro, sheds light on the often-underappreciated facets of our everyday lives. His colourful paintings start conversations around life and its common objects and rituals that we can so easily take for granted, paying homage to the sentimentality of the human condition.

 “Morning Coffee with Alfred Meakin” art print by Steve Munro — BUY PRINT

 

Rich in punchy colour and playful expressionism, Munro’s attractive visual commentary can highlight the gorgeously simple beauty of brewing coffee, eating a cupcake, or sharing tea with friends. His pop-focused work is compared to that of Andy Warhol and Wayne Thiebaud and it’s easy to see why. Much like Warhol’s Campbell soup can celebrate the artist’s love for the savoury staple, Munro achieves a similar encapsulation of affection and sentiment in the essence of objects close to his heart.

My visual style, like most artists, is in a constant state of flux affected by the life we are living at that point. In my recent series’, I’ve returned to the illustration of my childhood and I’m working on small-form intimate conversations surrounding the ordinary and everyday of existence.

 “Meds” art print by Steve Munro — BUY PRINT

 

Born in the UK, Munro emigrated to Australia in 2005 and now focuses on illustration-based work. His ideas blossom from everyday life and how objects, food, and memory shape our personal and collective identities . Munro studies his chosen object at length, photographing it from several angles and exploring any associative meaning he shares with it.

My creative ideas are developed by first catching a glimpse of something – such as a box of salt on the counter – that immediately triggers the concept (that is, I don’t go around looking for things, I’ll notice something and it will immediately react with a feeling or a thought; if that ‘spark’ isn’t there then there is no painting).

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“Absolut Vodka” by Steve Munro —BUY PRINT

 

art prints by steve munro

“Mrs Newburyport’s Sticky Toffee Cupcake with Salted Caramel Buttercream” by Steve Munro — BUY PRINT

Munro keeps his works around throughout the production process, hoping to “see something that will ‘pop’ and answer any question that I might have for the piece.” This method of work keeps him working on several pieces at once, as he occasionally discards them in the production process. The challenge of this process fuels Munro’s passion for capturing the everyday.

I love that ideas are sparked and explored and turned over in every way possible and then given life or discarded as each idea develops or doesn’t. And it is the challenges that the unknown territory holds that constantly breathes life into me.

  “Champagne, Broken”  art print by Steve Munro — BUY PRINT

 

Munro’s favorite aspect of his pop art project is the personal response from viewers and collaborators: “Each person shares what it is about the object they’ve photographed for me, what it means to their ordinary and everyday, and how it has an impact on their life in a way that they hadn’t considered before; so in asking the question of others, it shows what is unique about identity and the things that make us ‘us’.”

Find Steve Munro’s range of pop art prints at MINUS ART.
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Article written by Kate Smith

 

“Three Days Without Water” art print by Steve Munro — BUY PRINT

 

 
“Mr Lawrence’s Sushi” art print by Steve Munro — BUY PRINT

 

 

 “Free-Range Organic Eggs” art print by Steve Munro — BUY PRINT

This article originally appeared in the art magazine Minus37 and the interview was by Kate Smith. It has been edited to improve the readability 

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