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Dancing Times Fine Art Collection Of Paintings & Prints

The oldest proof of the existence of dance comes from, a ‘lost in time’ 9000-year-old cave art painting which was found in India and included depictions of communal drinking and dancing. This is reminiscent of a right Cockney Knees-up.

In ancient rituals around a campfire and tribal gatherings, dance was a conduit of trance, spiritual force, pleasure, expression, performance and interaction.

Dancing, whatever its form – but particularly the formal ones we readily recognise today, such as the Waltz, Foxtrot, Turkey trot (twice around the dance floor then outside for a gobble), Tango, Flapper/Charleston, Jive, Twist, Disco fever, Punk, Electro swing, are they all perpendicular expressions of a horizontal desire?

Dancing times collection of painting & prints

This ‘Dancing times’ pop-art collection of paintings & prints, highlights dance as its own form of art. From the music to the culture and the history behind it, dance has been a way people could express themselves or connect for many decades and it has evolved and changed tremendously throughout the years, although often being controversial at the particular time.

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DIGGA DIGGA DOO
Crash Madonna 50×45 inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas Dancing 2000s Artist Collection - Doug Kemp Art

Crash Madonna

Crash Madonna. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm

Tango 2 - 50x45 inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 2000s Dancing Art Collections - Doug Kemp

Tango 2

Tango v2. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm

Flying Tonight Ft Bettie Page 50x45 inches 2000s Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas Modern Times 2000s Collection Doug Kemp Art

Flying Tonight

Flying tonight. Features Bettie Page. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm

Good Old Summertime - 50x45 inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas Modern Times 2000s Collection - Doug Kemp Art

Good Old Summer time

Good old Summer time. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm

Jump Jump (aka Sweet C) - Po art ballet dancing 45 X58 Inches 2000s collection Acrylic Painting On Canvas Doug Kemp

Jump Jump

Jump Jump. AKA Sweet C. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm

The Three Gracie's 50x45 inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas Modern Times 2000s Collection - Doug Kemp

The Three Gracies

The Three Gracies. Homage to The Three Graces, Euphrosyne, Aglaia and Thalia: Three goddesses in Greek mythology in whom beauty was defined and were part of Aphrodite’s gang. – Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm

Dance Paintings Prints A Quote From george bernard shaw dancing Art Collection Doug Kemps Online Gallery

“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.”

Dance Art collection – quote on dancing.

Electro Swing Fine Art Paintings

Electro Swing. Acrylic paintings on Canvas 50 x 45 inches by Doug Kemp.

Electro Swing - 50x45" Acrylic Pop Art Painting Dancing Times 2000s Collection - Doug Kemp Pop Art Gallery
Electro Swing V2 - 50x45" Acrylic Pop Art Painting Dancing 2000s Collection - Doug Kemp Pop Artist Gallery

With thanks to Sven Otten & Grace Annette for the video references used in these paintings.

The Fine Art Of Dance – Paintings On Canvas

Dances from the 1920s are often described as wild and carefree, such as the Shimmy to the Charleston, performed with a passion at the Gatsby style parties. In this period after the Great War, new freedom was wrestled from the old convention with a general hope for things to come and a joy of life for those who could afford it. It was also a time of increasing freedom, particularly for women with some even given the vote.

Many women’s wages plummeted after the war and some had to give up their (relatively) lucrative roles when the men returned from the forces to take up their jobs again. However, this taste of freedom would not be given up lightly and the new place for women spurred on new changes in society’s attitude. Clothing, hairstyles and dance all became more relaxed – ask Cole Porter: “Anything goes”.

Chevy Dancing 45 X 50 Inches Pop Art Acrylic Painting On Canvas 2000s Collection Doug Kemp

Chevy Dancing V1

Chevy Dancing, v1. 127 × 115 cm (50 x 45 inches)

Chevy Dancing V2 - 50x45 inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 2000s Modern Times Art Collection - Doug Kemp Art

Chevy Dancing V2

Chevy Dancing, v2. 127 × 115 cm (50 x 45 inches)

Dance To The Music 50x45 inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas Dancing Modern Times 2000s Collection - Doug Kemp

Dance To The  Music

Dance To The Music, v1. Acrylic painting on canvas – 127×115 cm. (50 x 45 inches). Not to be confused with the painting Dancing to the Music.

Many of the new styles of dance from the 1920s originated in clubs, eventually making it to the dance halls and even church halls after a suitable period of quarantine.

In some nightclubs, mainly in the USA, they ran dance contests called Marathons, which was dancing until you can’t dance anymore, and the last couple dancing wins.

With one of the partners effectively asleep, each partner would have to take turns holding the other up. There were records beaten all around the USA from hours to days.

With characters posed in dance a position, Doug strives to keep a sense of motion in this series of works and the counter patterns in the clothing, creating an appearance of separate planes which belies the simplicity of otherwise what might be just considered a static pose.

War Chic aka Paris 1944 50x45" Acrylic Pop Art Painting Dancing Hero 2000s Collection Doug Kemp Art

War Chic

War Chic. AKA Liberation of Paris 1944. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm

Running Woman - 50x45 inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas Modern Times 2000s Collection - Doug Kemp

Running Woman

Running Woman. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm – Part of the two for one series.

Running Man - 50x45 inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas Modern Times 2000s Collection - Doug Kemp

Running Man

Running Man. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm – Part of the two for one art series.

Digga Digga Doo – Dancing Times Fine Art Mini-series

Diga Diga Doo version 1 & 2, paintings on canvas. The 1930s and 1940s were the years of Jazz and Swing dancing, like the Jitterbug to the Lindy hop. Dancing remained very popular throughout the chaos that happened in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Going out and dancing used to be many people’s escape from it all. Even though the Nazis banned “Decadent” dancing, it never stopped everyone, especially from the bouncy upbeat Swing dance.

Diga Diga Doo 1 Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas Dance Art Collection Doug Kemp

Diga Diga Doo V1

Diga Diga Doo, v 1. Acrylic painting on canvas from Dancing times collection.

Diga Diga Doo 2 - Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 2000s Art Collection Doug Kemp

Diga Diga Doo V2

Diga Diga Doo, v 2. Featuring actress Anna Karina. Acrylic painting on canvas from Dancing times collection.

Portrait Paintings Prints Quote From Daft Punk Get Lucky Nightclub Art Collection Doug Kemp Online Gallery

“She’s up all night to this song. I’m up all night to get some. She’s up all night for good fun. I’m up all night to get lucky.”

Quote From Daft Punk – Get Lucky

NightClub Singers Artist Print Collection

The 1920s saw the emergence of many female musicians and singers including African-American blues singer Bessie Smith who went on to inspire women singers from later eras and to this very day.

The video featured here from ‘Babylon Berlin’, a German TV series, encompases just about everything Doug loves about the late 1920s nightclub scene. The music, the vibe and the banana girls. Other fruits are also available.

Babylon Berlin is a German speaking neo-noir television series and is set in the latter years of the Weimar Republic (1929).

The story follows a police inspector on assignment to dismantle an extortion ring, and Charlotte Ritter, police clerk by day, flapper by night, who aspires to become a police inspector herself.

Modern artists who paint dancers

As a modern artist who likes to paint dancers, my view of the 1950s was as the years of growth and rebellion. Major dances from the late 1950s like the Bop, the Twist and other dances made popular from this Rock and Roll era influenced movies like “Grease” and “Hairspray”.

With their poodle skirts, Bobby socks and Penny loafers or Saddle shoes, this was the era of the Pink Ladies and Dirty Dancing. Especially with Elvis’s rocking pelvis, the dirty dancing seed was planted.

The majority of the dances in the 1960s didn’t include a dance partner, at least not in contact. They had dance’s like the Mashed Potato, the Fly, the Monkey and the Funky Chicken.

Over 400 new dances were introduced in the 1960s. Artists like Nat King Cole and The Beatles had a huge impact in this era for dance. Some films based on this era were “Cats” and “West Side Story.”

On the reference video from Club Des Belugas (Oh my girl) Look out for a very young Oliver Reed strutting his stuff…

Roof Top Boogie Acrylic Painting On Canvas 50x45 inches 2000s Art Collection - Doug Kemp Art

Roof Top Boogie

Roof top Boogie. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm

Apache Acrylic Painting On Canvas 2000s Pop Art Collection Doug Kemp Artist

Apache

Apache. Acrylic painting on canvas 2000s collection.

Soho Boogie Woogie - Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 50x45 inches 2000s Dancing Art Collection - Doug Kemp Art

Soho Boogie Woogie

Soho Boogie Woogie. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm Dancing collection.

Dancing with the Invisible Man 50×45 Inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 2000s Artist Collection Doug Kemp Art

Dancing with the Invisible Man

Dancing with the Invisible Man. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm from Dancing collection.

Ghost - 45x50 Inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 1990s Collection - Artist Doug Kemp

Ghost

Ghost. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm from Dancing collection.

Angel 2010 - 45x50 Inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas Y2k Plus Collection Artist Doug Kemp

Angel 2010

Angel 2010. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm from Dancing collection.

Quayside Tango Zurich 66x72 inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 1990s Art Doug Kemp

Quayside Tango Zurich

Quayside Tango Zurich. 66×72 inches Acrylic painting on canvas from 1990s collection.

Street Walking Music Acrylic Painting On Paper 1990s Pop Art Collection Doug Kemp

Street Walking Music

Street walking music. Acrylic painting on paper from 1990s collection.

Dancing To The.. - 50x45 inches 2000s Pop Art Painting On Canvas Doug Kemp Fine Art Gallery

Dancing To The Music

Dancing to the music. Acrylic painting on canvas from Dancing Times collection. Not to be confused with the painting Dance to the music.

The monuments artist collection – Part of the dancing times art series

The monuments art collection shows Doug’s love of Art Deco architecture. This architecture is still to be found in most cities and towns and particularly at the seaside. Not always noticed and often neglected, it was once the epitome of a brighter hope and confidence between the World wars.

Fashion (even in architecture) changed greatly post WW2, and many great examples were torn down with only a relatively recent revival and desire to preserve them. Now they are more than just monuments to times passed, and even if only the mere facade is kept and the rest has been disemboweled in modernising their utility, that remnant takes its place in the established cityscape. Some of the remaining structures formed reference to the 1950s and 1960s subculture, architecture and principles of modern-day design.

This series also pays homage to the form of the figures and structures in the Medici Chapels in Florence, designed by Michelangelo.

Monuments1 Aka Trains Boats Planes 45x50 Inch Acrylic Painting On Canvas 2000s And Monuments Artist Collection Doug Kemp

Monuments V1

Monuments v1. AKA Trains, Boats, Planes. 115 x 127 cm Acrylic painting on canvas from the 2000s collection.

Monuments V2 Aka Paramount 45x50 Inch Acrylic Painting On Canvas 2000s And Monuments Pop Art Collection Doug Kemp

Monuments V2

Monuments v2. AKA Paramount. Paramount Pictures was the force behind many glamourous Hollywood movies, although the central structure represented here actually resembles an Odeon. 115 x 127 cm Acrylic painting on canvas from the 2000s collection.

Monuments V3 Aka The Guardians 45x50 Inch Acrylic Painting On Canvas 2000s And Monuments Pop Art Collection Doug Kemp

Monuments V3

Monuments v3. AKA The Guardians. 115 x 127 cm acrylic painting on canvas from the 2000s collection.