Pop Art for a Cause

Andre Veloux’s art supports powerful women in society

Pop artist Andre Veloux’s portrait work is on show from June 15 through July 15 at the Bank of Princeton’s Community Gallery in Lambertville. The exhibition titled “Building Blocks of Change” is a gender equality project that explores the way women are viewed by the media and society’s expectations of them. The opening reception is Friday, June 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Gallery, located at 10 Bridge Street in Lambertville.

Veloux’s unique work is inspired by social change, including his portraits series of strong, powerful and self-motivated women; some of who have reached iconic status for their work and influence, and are agents of change in society. Lady Gaga and Malala are among the subjects of these works.

A second series includes playful, composite portraits, created from blending features of different faces to create a single visual. These comment on the constant demands on women to continually rebuild and renew how they present themselves.

A related set of works, “Appearance,” currently on show at Krause Gallery in New York City until July 8 depicts women’s clothing and appearance, and defends the right to present one’s self freely, without fearing judgment or intervention from others.

Veloux is donating a work through a silent auction titled “Strawberry,” of which 100 percent of the sale price will go to support the Womanspace organization.

Womanspace is a leading nonprofit agency in Mercer County that provides a comprehensive array of services to individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence and dedicated to improving the quality of life for adults and their families. Programs include crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy and housing services.

Alongside Andre’s art at the Community Gallery will be a selection of recent ceramic work by local ceramic artist, Bill Macholdt. For more information on the artist visit www.veloux.com.

Lady Gaga, 2015

Lady Gaga, 2015

Malala, 2016

Malala, 2016

Narcissa [2016]

Narcissa, 2016