Michael Moebius has a huge talent when it comes to turning pop art and popular culture on its head. His now famous bubble gum portraits have become a favourite among interior designers and investors the world over, thanks to their striking symbolism.
Moebius has twice featured in the world’s ultimate luxury magazine, The Robb Report, and his works regularly grace the cover of international magazines such as Playboy, GQ, Vogue and Glamour. His work has also won attention from celebrities including Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton, Hugh Hefner, Rihanna, David Guetta and KISS frontman Gene Simmons.
Today, Moebius has become one of the most recognised and in-demand contemporary artists in the world. Unlike his gum bubbles, the artist’s value continues to expand and shows no sign of bursting. Maddox Gallery is delighted to have an exclusive working relationship with Michael Moebius, as the only gallery in the UK and in Europe to display his eye-catching works. If you would like to see these works up close, please pay us a visit.
Most famously, Michael Moebius gives a new dimension to popular cultural icons, adding brightly coloured gum bubbles to monochrome portraits. Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth have all been re-imagined in this style, and his latest depicts the four Beatles all with signature gum bubbles, aptly titled; All you need is gum.’
In terms of artistic influences, Moebius cites inspiration from Italian Renaissance artist Titian and the genius baroque artist Caravaggio, as well as more contemporary names such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Alberto Vargas.
His novel portrayal of much-featured subjects make Moebius’ bubblegum works an art investment favourite. His art also acts as a window into his personality and creative vision. What’s most interesting is the contrast between the artist’s upbringing in a communist Eastern Bloc state, and his love of pop culture, western icons and contemporary art.
Michael Moebius was born in 1968 when Germany was still divided in two by the Berlin Wall. Living in East Germany during the Cold War period, the artist was strongly influenced by communist ideals, or more accurately, the opposition to western values and popular culture.
“Almost all of the items which we received from the west part of the world such as magazines, toys, soda cans were forbidden in East Berlin.”
“As a child and growing up I would dearly hold on to the then-forbidden items… these really influenced me with their colours, designs and scents.”
Moebius became aware of cultural differences between his home and the rest of the world, and this incongruity plays a significant role in his art today.
The more Michael Moebius was pushed to conform to communist ideals, the more he became enamoured with western popular culture, and the more he was driven to create. After his conscription in the East German army, and then the fall of the Berlin Wall, he travelled to the US to dedicate his life entirely to art. The rest, as they say, is history.
Moebius’ commercial abilities and partnerships with some of the world’s most popular names means that he is a serious name in the art investment world.
For anyone looking to buy Michael Moebius art, there are just four galleries in the world currently exhibiting his works. Besides two galleries in LA and another in Toronto, Maddox Gallery is delighted to have an exclusive working relationship with the artist.
We’re very proud to be the only gallery in the UK and in Europe to show these bright and eye-catching artworks. If you would like to see these pieces up close, please pay us a visit at Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, London. Our expert art investment consultants are always on hand, and happy to offer advice to anyone looking to invest in Michael Moebius.