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Heroes, Villains, Femme Fatales and the Art of War

One man’s villain is another man’s hero. Heroes, villains, femme fatales and the art of war painting and print collection.

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

One Man’s Villain Is Another Man’s Hero

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

“ANDERSON SHELTERS WERE GREAT, THOUGH.”

Doug Kemp

Comic Heroes & Villains Artist Prints & Paintings Fine Art Collection

Art Of War Paintings & Print Collection From Doug Kemp

Doug Kemp was born nine days after the start of the Second World War (12 September 1939). He often reminisces on his earliest memories, that of an influx of servicemen from across the world, the air raids that destroyed buildings, homes and lives and even the noisy V1 Doodlebugs, many that went on to destroy a quite a lot of trees in Epping Forest after British Intelligence had managed to misdirect them, and also how the war transformed the City of London and the future way of life.

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Young Heroes

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

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Grim News 1941

Grim News 1941 Acrylic On Paper. References the attack on Pearl Harbour. Also available as a limited edition prints

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War Chic.   Acrylic on canvas

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. – Download image as a PDF and find out why from the Artist Vs Policy AI Post 

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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 based on my observations of the training stage of the military aircraft build-up centred on Wattisham air base. A touch of Industrial.
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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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 Doug Kemp

The Wildcat

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

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The blue Masked Hero

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

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Moonlight Hero

Moonlight Hero. 61 x 61 cm Acrylic painting on paper in the 1990s and Heroes & Villains collections. * Moonlight hero print this kickstarter painting has been reworked into a 35-limited edition Giclee print.

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Masked Hero

Masked Hero  61×61 cm Acrylic painting on paper from the 1990s and Heroes and Villains collections.  * Masked Hero print – this painting has been reworked into a 75-limited edition Giclee print.

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Star Man

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

Space Man aka Intergalactic Argument 61x61cm acrylic pop art painting on paper 1990s hero villains collections artist Doug Kemp

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.

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Free

Free.  61×61 cm Acrylic painting on paper from the 1990s 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 Zelda and the G-Men 48x52 inches Acrylic 1940s Pop Art comic villainess Painting On Canvas - Artist Doug Kemp

Zelda & The G-Men.

Zelda and the G-men.

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.

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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.

Jacks Hat

Jacks Hat Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm. Jacks Hat has its own page here

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Little Bohemia

Little Bohemia. 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…

Angels V3

Angels V3 – Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm. Angels V3 has its own page here

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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.

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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.

Murder In Soho

Murder In Soho. Acrylic painting on canvas 127×115 cm. Murder In Soho has its own page here

Soho Boogie Woogie 127x114cm acrylic canvas painting dancing times 2000s pop art painting uk artist Doug Kemp popartdoug p1020751
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Soho Boogie Woogie

Soho Boogie Woogie. Painting on canvas. Gang life in London is nothing new – but while we are shocked by violent crimes in our modern cities, but in the city where I lived, it was recognised as an unfortunate fact of life.

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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…

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True Love

True Love –  114 x 122 cm canvas pop art painting 2010s hero villains murder collections. Features many of the things Doug loves, including film noir, mediaeval wall painting, Colour and Line and dance. Thomas Beckett is shown kicking the bucket and there is an image of Rita Hayworth that has had a little Leger treatment applied.

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The last gangster

The last gangster. 116 x 127 cm Acrylic pop art painting on canvas from the 2000s & Heroes & Villains collection.

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Torpedo jacks v1

Torpedo Jacks v1. 116 x 127 cm Acrylic pop art painting on canvas from the 2000s & Heroes & Villains collection.

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Torpedo jacks v2

Torpedo Jacks v2. 116 x 127 cm Acrylic pop art painting on canvas from the 2000s & Heroes & Villains collection.

Doug Kemp Price Catalogue

BUY DOUG KEMP CANVAS PAINTINGS

Complete the web form to download Doug Kemp canvas sales catalogue 2022 which contains reserved and estimated prices and information on how to be notified of our next auction.

Download the art price guide and depending on your location, you can buy Doug Kemp’s painting by leaving a bid on the auction page (to be set up).  Talking to us or through a number of independent galleries where the art is on show worldwide.

All paintings and prints are signed by the artist Doug Kemp and come with a certificate of authentication

We are also looking into using NFTs as RW-NFTs (RW – Real World) as a new form of painting authentication and ownership log, to facilitate the prevention of fraud and assist in future transfers of ownership.

Doug Kemp’s artist pop art prints are available to purchase from the print store and all are sold unframed.  Despatched as a recorded delivery item the print is safely rolled, in a circular packaging tubing.

ORDER NOW – New Limited Edition Giclee Artist Prints (Out Now)

By popular request, Doug Kemp paintings undergoing conversion into Giclee prints. These prints have been are now part of the post 2020 collection and available from our store.

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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 quite taken aback, as at the time of painting (25 years ago) he didn’t much like it. On reflection he has changed his mind.

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Not Avon

Not Avon Giclee Print. Originally an acylic painting on paper from the late 1990s and produced as (no more than) 20 linocuts in the early 2000’s. Modified & reproduced in 2023 as 75 signed limited edition artist Giclee prints. Highly collectable.

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Moonlight Hero

Moonlight Hero. Giclee Print. Originally an acylic painting on paper from the late 1990s and produced as (no more than) 20 linocuts in the early 2000’s. Modified & reproduced in 2023 as 35 signed limited edition artist Giclee prints as part of a Kickstarter campaign

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.

More Paintings Found In The Hero & Villains Collection

More heroes and villains paintings,  Paper & canvas painted in the 1980s & 1990s

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.

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Self murder

Self Murder. 116 x 127 cm Acrylic painting on canvas from the 2000s and Murder scandal collection

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The Detectives V1

The Detectives –  114 x 122 cm canvas pop art painting 2010s hero villains murder collections Doug Kemp

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The Detectives V2

The Detectives v2 –  114 x 122 cm canvas pop art painting 2010s hero villains murder collections Doug Kemp

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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