‘Why Can’t People Be Nice to Each Other Anymore?’ is a 9 Colour Screen Print by acclaimed British artist Magda Archer. Printed onto 300gsm Somerset Satin Paper, and finished with glitter detail, the print is from a limited edition of 45 and is signed and numbered by the artist.
Illustrator and contemporary artist Magda Archer produces an aesthetic like no other. Inspired by all things kitsch and colourful, her work draws heavily on the Pop-Art greats, injecting a dose of its own surreal character along the way, for sensational results. Fun and frivolous, colourful and fruity, Archer’s prints are full of an alluring charm that we just can’t get enough of.
‘Why Can’t People Be Nice to Each Other Anymore?’ shows a cute, black and white kitten, grinning towards the viewer against a blocky, naively painted rainbow. The image looks like the cover of a 1950s children’s book - with its bright, primary colours and illustrative style - but the aesthetic is jarred against the titular words, which hover around the cat for a twist of postmodern irony.
It’s a smart piece: both visually appealing and comically endearing, ‘Why Can’t People Be Nice to Each Other Anymore?’ continues the artistic lineage that begun with the Pop-Art movement, working kitsch and collage techniques into a contemporary mode to striking effect.