Art Of War, Heroes, Villains & Gangsters Artist Collection - Doug Kemp Art Gallery Online

Art Of War, Heroes, Villains & Gangsters Artist Collection

From the 1940s there has always been American comics in the East End (London), so I grew up with them before the Super Heroes really got going on the Silver Screen. It was in the mid 50s, via my school art teacher, John Jones, that I found art.

He changed so many lives, not least mine. I always tried to buy comics and I ended up with a lot. The golden age of comics had started to find their way into my paintings.

Superman, a mainstay of DC’s heroes appealed, but also the secondary characters like News Hounds Lois Lane (1938), Jimmy Olsen (1940) and Perry White (1940) (The editor/chief of the Daily Planet).

Doug Kemp Heroes And Villains Pop Art – Animated By BoodleBobs

As well as creating the Grannie Annie Ultimate Alphabet book childrens series, BoodleBobs is a video production service creating motion graphics and animation for web content and is run by Dougs son, Luke.

Villains like Lex Luthor (1940), The Toyman (1943) and the Prankster (1942) had been featured in the Superman comics 25 years before I started collecting but it was the poses they were striking that had more impact on me than the actual character and they were not directly referenced. DC style was closer to the Gothic.

One Man’s Villain Is Another Man’s Hero

One man’s villain is another man’s hero, so pick a side. Ming the Merciless had some great costumes whereas The Mecon appeared a little sartorially challenged and it appears that the Superman Revenge Squad just didn’t care. Even Anti-heroes tend to survive in the comic world and may continue as long running characters in their own right.

The alternative to having an archenemy that is vanquished by good, for good, at the end of each of the hero’s story would be to constantly develop new characters to challenge the hero. However, there may be many apprentice villains, perhaps as sidekicks, waiting in the wings.

A recurring archenemy almost puts them on par with the hero, and the hero is depicted as still being that slightly vulnerable and only just able to prevail. Why waste a good thing? – if the baddie is a hit, keep them. This happens in art too.

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Art Of War Artist Prints & Paintings Pop Art & Fine Art Collection Doug Kemp

“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.”

“ANDERSON SHELTERS WERE GREAT, THOUGH.”

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Doug Kemp, Art Of War Collection

Art Of War Paintings & Print Collection From Doug Kemp

“We don’t do nice”. Tina Turner.

Nor me. Doug Kemp.

I was born nine days in from the start of the Second World War (12 September 1939) and my earliest memories are that of an influx of servicemen from across the world, the air raids that destroyed buildings, homes and lives and how the war transformed the city and future way of life.

Young Heroes Acrylic Painting On Canvas 1970s & Hero Collection ft Lichtenstein Doug Kemp Art

Young Heroes

Young Heroes. Acrylic painting on canvas from the 1990s, featuring a young Roy Lichtenstein.

Grim News - Limited Edition Signed Collectible Pop Art Artist Linocut Print 24x26 Inches Affordable Fine Art

Grim News 1941

Grim News 1941. References the attack on Pearl Harbour. Available as a limited edition collectible artist Lino & Giclee print 61 x 67 cm.

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

War Chic

War Chic. AKA Paris 1944. On August 25, 1944, Paris was liberated after more than four years of Nazi occupation. The search for some of the works of art stolen by the Nazis at the time is still ongoing.

Paper Mill Lane Acrylic Pop Art Paintings On Canvas 1990s Art Collection - Doug Kemp

Paper Mill Lane Iraq War

Paper Mill Lane Iraq War. The United States led a coalition of forces during invasion of Iraq in 2003. This painting is a local (near my home) observation of the training stage and military aircraft buildup centred on Wattisham air base. A touch of Industrial.
U-Boat Acrylic Painting On Paper 24x24 Inches 1990s Heroes Pop Art Collection Doug Kemp

U-Boat

U-Boat. German submarine U-48 was a Type VIIB U-boat of Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine during WW2. During her two years of active service, U-48 sank 55 ships, a total of 321,000 tons; she also damaged two more for a total of 12,000 tons over her twelve war patrols.

Heroes And Villains 1 Commissioned Acrylic Painting On Canvas 2000s Hens Teeth Pop Art Collection Doug Kemp

Heroes And Villains, v1

Heroes And Villains, V1.

A commissioned acrylic painting on canvas for the ASK restaurant chain and part of a collection called the Hen’s teeth.

Dolly Silvers Curtains - 2000s Painting on Canvas Doug Kemp Art

Art Story DOLLY SILVERS CURTAINS

I came into the world at the very beginning of WWII, Except for the occasional flashes of the German Luftwaffe our world was coloured by browns muddy yellow ochre and muddy greens.  Read the full art story.

Dolly Silvers Curtains Art Story
Heroes Villains Artist Prints Paintings Fine Art Collection Doug Kemp Art Gallery

“Keep moving forward, and if it’s time to go, it’s time”

“Yes, Stan – Excelsior”

Doug Kemp

Comic Heroes & Villains Artist Prints & Paintings Fine Art Collection

Comic Art, Heroes & Villains Limited Edition Artist Prints

Heroes and villians for your wall. This growing collection of limited edition artist prints features a diverse range of characters and Superheroes. More Superheroes and Villains artist prints are on their way, starting with some listed in the Heroes and Villains paintings on paper below.

Superhero Comic Art, Heroes & Villains Acrylic Paintings On Paper

Heroes and Villains acrylic paintings on paper. Painted in the 1980s & 1990s, some of these Doug Kemp pop art paintings listed below will soon be made available as limited edition Giclee prints.

Atomic Hero Acrylic Painting On Paper 24x24 Inches 1990s Hero Pop Art Collection Doug Kemp

Atomic Hero

Atomic Hero. 61 x 61 cm Acrylic painting on paper in the 1990s and Heroes & Villains collections.

The Wildcat Acrylic Painting On Paper 24x24 Inches 1990s Heroes & Villains Pop Art Collection

The Wildcat

The Wildcat. 61 x 61 cm Acrylic painting on paper in the 1990s and Heroes & Villains collections.

The Masked Hero Painting On Paper 24x24 Inches 1990s Heroes & Villains Pop Art Collection Doug Kemp

The blue Masked Hero

The Blue Masked Hero. 61 x 61 cm Acrylic painting on paper in the 1990s and Heroes & Villains collections.

Moonlight Hero Painting On Paper 24x24 Inches 1990s Heroes & Villains Pop Art Artist Series Doug Kemp

Moonlight Hero

Moonlight Hero. 61 x 61 cm Acrylic painting on paper in the 1990s and Heroes & Villains collections.

Star Man Painting On Paper 24x24 Inches 1990s Heroes & Villains Artist Collection Doug Kemp

Star Man

Star Man. 61 x 61 cm Acrylic painting on paper in the 1990s and Heroes & Villains collections.

Space Man 24x24inches Painting On Paper 24x24 Inches Doug Kemp 1990s Heroes Popart Online Collection

Space Man. AKA Intergalactic argument

Space Man. AKA Intergalactic argument. 61×61 cm Acrylic painting on paper from the 1980s and Heroes and Villains collections.

Fiend and Heroine Acrylic Painting On Canvas 1970s & Hero pop art Collection Doug Kemp

Fiend and Heroine

Fiend and Heroine. Acrylic painting on canvas from the 1980s and Heroes and Villains collections. Possibly Kempeitai but no relation.

Alicia Acrylic Painting On Paper 1990s PopArt Collection © Doug Kemp Art

Alisicia

Alisicia. Acrylic painting on paper from the 1980s and Heroes and Villains collections.

Great Grief Volcanna's FREE Acrylic Painting On Paper 1990 Heroes Pop Art Doug Kemp

Great Grief Volcana’s Free

Great Grief Volcana’s Free. Acrylic painting on paper from the 1980s and Heroes and Villains collections.

More Conflicts - Acrylic Painting On Paper 1980s Pop Art Divorce Collection Doug Kemp

More Conflicts

More Conflicts. Acrylic painting on paper from the 1980s and Divorce collections

The Good The Bad 48x36 Inches Acrylic Painting On Paper 1990s & Hero's Collection Doug Kemp Art

Good Guy Bad Guy

Good Guy Bad Guy. 122 x 92 cm Acrylic painting on paper from the 1990s and Heroes and Villains collections.

I Wonder Woman Acrylic Painting On Paper 1980s & Heroes Pop Art Collection Doug Kemp

I, Wonder Woman

I, Wonder Woman. Acrylic painting on paper from the 1980s and Heroes and Villains collections.

Gangster Artist Prints True Crime Paintings Fine Art Collection Doug Kemp Art Gallery

“Be careful who you call your friends. I’d rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies.”

AL capone

“True crime!”

Doug Kemp

AL CAPONE’S GUNS DON’T ARGUE

Prince Buster

Doug Kemp, Castle Godwyn paradise in 1968

Gangsters, Murder & Crime Canvas Paintings

This collection of paintings is only a sample of the large category of Doug Kemp work. Please visit the Murder Suicide & Scandal art collection for the bigger picture on work involving Gangsters and crime.

Madam Clang and the G-Men 48x52 inches Acrylic 1940s Pop Art comic villainess Painting On Canvas - Artist Doug Kemp

Zelda & The G-Men. AKA Madam Klang & The G men

Zelda and the G-men. AKA Madam Klang and the G-men. Madem Klang is a 1930s comic book villainess, her father an eye-patch wearing villain, missing half of his left leg, is a Chinese evil genius with ambitions of ruling America by destroying the US fleet with his infrared heat ray. Klang’s lovely and equally deadly daughter shares her father’s goal and is fond of torture, she has a predisposition of carving their family name on her victim’s chests.

G-man is an American slang term for agents of the United States Government. It is especially used as a term for an agent of the FBI.

“You’re a man of a thousand G’s, right?” “A thousand what?”, I quipped. “Why, G-man, girls, guns, guts….”You’re my type.”

Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band.

Gangster Tango Painting Acrylic On Canvas 45 x 50 inches 2000s collection - Doug Kemp Fine Art

Gangster Tango

Gangster Tango. Part of the Soho Mini collection – Soho in the late 1950s was always like visiting a separate village within the city. Full of low-lifers and high-flyers, drunks and dreamers, sex workers and bar workers – every walk of life is represented by the nightlife and many of the nightclubs were often run by the gangsters.

Chicago had the Tommy gun with life too easily snuffed out and, in New York, they had Murder incorporated. Soho readily used the axe and knife to intimidate and maim, with the occasional shooting in the face to make a statement.

Gangster Tango. Painting Acrylic on canvas 45 x 50 inches 2000s collection.

Little Bohemia John Dillinger, Acrylic Pop Art Painting on Canvas 50×45 inches Murder Gangster 2000s Collection - Doug Kemp Art

Little Bohemia

Little Bohemia (Image to be updated) . Acrylic painting on canvas 45 x 50 inches. Art story of Little Bohemia. This painting depicts the botched raid by the FBI (then called the Division of Investigation) against the John Dillinger Gang who were staying at the Little Bohemia Lodge, a rural vacation lodge and restaurant located off US Highway 51 in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin.

During the gun battle…

Art Story Little Bohemia
Biograph Cinema Dillinger - 40x45-inches Pop Art Painting On Canvas 2000s Art Collection Doug Kemp

Biograph Chicago

Biograph. 50 x 45 inches. Painting on canvas 2000s Art Collection Doug Kemp.

Depicting the death of John Dillinger. After evading police in four states for almost a year, Dillinger was wounded and went to his father’s home to mend. He returned to Chicago in July 1934 and sought refuge in a brothel owned by Ana Cumpănaș or Anna Sage, nicknamed the Woman in Red.

She informed authorities of his whereabouts as a way of obtaining permanent US residence. On July 22, 1934, local and Federal law enforcement closed in on the Biograph Theatre.

As BOI (Bureau of Investigation, later renamed the FBI) agents moved to arrest Dillinger as he exited the theatre, he never drew a gun but attempted to flee. He was shot multiple times in the back and was killed; this was later ruled as justifiable homicide. John Dillinger’s famous dying words were……but only as speculation….”You got me”

There were stories of women soaking their handkerchiefs with his blood as macabre souvenirs. Ana Cumpănaș was eventually deported.

Angels 2 1933 ft John Dillinger & Johnny Depp 50×45 Inches Acrylic Painting Canvas Murder Gangster 2000s popart Doug

Angels 2 1933

Angels v2 1933. 45 x 50 inches Acrylic painting on canvas depicting John Dillinger.

The central subject is modelled on Johnny Depp. He starred in the 2009 Public Enemies’ movie, where he played John Dillinger. Johhny Depp was convincingly cast in the movie and his physical likeness to Dillinger made it readily apparent that his image should be used in this painting, titled Angels 2. ………. and not a Dirty face between them.

In 1934, the “G-Men” at Hoover’s orders, superimposed John Dillinger’s mugshot over their standard law enforcement silhouette targets. They were still using these into the 1950s.

Art Story Angels 2
Jacks Hat (Jack McVitie Gangster) Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 50×45 inches Murder Gangster 2000s Collection - Doug Kemp Art

Jacks Hat

Jack’s Hat. Painting on canvas 45 x 50 inches. Referencing Jack Dennis McVitie, more commonly known as ‘Jack the Hat’, was an English criminal from London during the 1950s and 1960s. He is posthumously known for triggering the imprisonment and downfall of the Kray twins.

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

Soho Boogie Woogie

Soho Boogie Woogie. Painting on canvas. Gang life in London is nothing new – but while we are shocked by crimes in our modern city, I can’t help but be fascinated by those from when I lived there in my early years. Soho was known then as a den of vice.

Ruth Ellis 14 Minutes Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 50×45 Inches Murder Gangster 2000s Artist Collection Doug Kemp

14 Minutes – Ruth Ellis

14 Minutes. Sad story of Ruth Ellis. Painting on canvas 45″ x 50″ inches. Part of the ‘Murder, suicide & scandal art’ collection of paintings. Fine Art by Doug Kemp

Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in England for the crime of murder.

Ruth was convicted of the murder of her lover, David Blakely, on Easter Sunday 1955. In the USA, they would likely say “He had it coming…”. She was hanged by the state executioner…

Art Story Ruth Ellis
Poor Marie Prevost - Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 50x45 Inches 2000s Murder Suicide Art Collection - Doug Kemp Art

Poor Marie

Poor Marie. Acrylic painting on canvas 45 x 50 inches. Marie Prevost was a Canadian born film actress. During her 20-year career, she made 121 silent and sound films. Prevost’s career began to decline in 1926 with the introduction of the talkies into cinema.

She is rumoured to be the source of the phrase “Doggies Dinner” – at least in the song by Nick Lowe, anyway. Find out why in her art story.

Art Story Marie Provost

ASK restaurant Heroes & Villains Artist Commission

ASK, also known now as ASK Italian is a British casual dining restaurant chain that serves Italian cuisine.

The chain of restaurants was founded by the brothers Adam and Samuel Kaye in 1993 and were also the ones to commission Doug Kemp for this series of Heroes and Villians canvas paintings for use as decoration and talking points in a couple of their flagship restaurants.

The name of the restaurant ‘ASK’ can be construed either as the founders’ initials ‘Adam/Samuel Kaye’ or as an acronym for “Authentic Sicilian Kitchen”.

Heros And Villains 2 Commission Acrylic Painting On Canvas 2000s Hens Teeth Hero Art Collection Doug Kemp

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Im Awake Acrylic Painting On Paper 24x24 Inches Doug Kemp Pop Art

Peaches

Peaches. Acrylic Painting on Paper 24×24 Inches. Painted in the mid 1990s. Luke found this hidden gem in a roll of paintings. Doug was taken aback, as at the time of painting (25 years ago) he didn’t like it. On reflection he has changed his mind.

Lucy 45x48 Inches Acrylic Pop Art Painting On Canvas 1980s Pop-art Series Doug Kemp Art

Lucy

Lucy. Acrylic painting on canvas and is part of the Nude collection. In process of being reworked as a Giclee print.

Moonlight Hero Painting On Paper 24x24 Inches 1990s Heroes & Villains Pop Art Artist Series Doug Kemp

Moonlight Hero

Moonlight Hero. Giclee Print. Originally a painting on paper, painted in the late 1990s. Part of the Heroes & Villains artist collection.