POL MARA (1920 – 1998)
Pol Mara followed evening classes at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp and was a part-time student at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp from 1941 to 1948. By clearly emphasising representation in his works, he brought a personal vision of American pop art (Andy Warhol) to Belgium. His preferred themes are: advertising, film, sports, newspapers, illustrated magazines, photography, horses, speed, sex-appeal, pin-ups and cover girls. Although he draws inspiration from pop art, he also distances himself from this movement through a very personal presentation, atmosphere and climate. He has a different approach, using an attractive, charming and particularly refined rendering of lines and colours with photographic precision. Thanks to a study grant and to his own savings he travelled round the world and took part in the main international exhibitions.