Most work here is available for purchase as limited edition works at 12", 24", 36", and 48". For information on purchasing or inquiries of any kind, email Troy at troygua@gmail.com

I imagine a future where the world is out of room. It’s a world where, in order to save space, even our thoughts, our memories, our nostalgia becomes distilled, consolidated, hybridized, and layered on top of itself.

‘Pop Hybrids’ are the reduction of personality into logo, the reduction of individuality into the collective, the reduction of photography into design. They are a subtraction of images: the recycling, re-using and reducing of two or more images into a new and unique iconographic collection of shapes. Conceptually opposed to Warhol’s emphasis on repetition, this work suggests that we are running out of space even for our cultural icons to retain a solo spot light in our crowded collective conscience.

The work deals with iconography, ironic duality and satirical juxtapositions. By layering thoughtfully paired cultural icons with one another, these visually arresting pieces challenge the viewer to decipher the image while making the sardonic, metaphorical and sometimes philosophical connections within the image.

The series began as meticulously hand-painted acrylic on canvas pieces, which were then sealed in a resin coating. They were meant to look as precise as a manufactured product, and I succeeded. Everyone assumed that they were manufactured in some way. On one hand, I found pride in that, on the other hand, it gave me a nudge to actually push the process in that direction. It made conceptual sense to incorporate streamlined production which, in turn, made the work more widely available as "original limited editions", each design in a low numbered run. Now a hybrid in it’s own right, somewhere between man and machine made, the ‘Pop Hybrid’ work is now designed digitally, printed on metallic photo paper, mounted to panel, and finished with my hand by applying a smooth as glass resin coating.

"The [Pop Hybrid] portraits are as slick and polished as custom made cars and as clever as the most inspired work of a Madison Avenue ad writer."

Alec Clayton — Weekly Volcano

All work here ©2013 TROY GUA

 
 

Partial installation shot from 'Pop Hybrids' at Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio
photo by Ross Lesko

Installation at Seattle Art Museum Gallery
 

 
 

In process shot of 'You Say You Want A Revolution' (Vladimir Lenin + John Lennon)
this shows the high gloss, mirror finish of the resin coating applied to all Pop Hybrid works

You Say You Want A Revolution (Vladimir Lenin + John Lennon)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Kurts, or The Voices (Vonnegut + Cobain)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Pope Francis Bacon (Pope Francis + Francis Bacon)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

A New Hope (George Lucas + J.J. Abrams)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Betteez (Bettie Page + Betty Rubble)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Rick James Brown, or Superbad Superfreak
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

Made in Heaven (Mona Lisa, representing art + the dollar bill portrait of Washington, representing money)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Franks, or Fly Me to the Moon Unit
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Franks 2.0, or The Architects (Frank Lloyd Wright + Frank Gehry)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Guitarists, or Crossroads Traffic (Robert Johnson + Jimi Hendrix)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Venus de Miley (Venus de Milo + Miley Cyrus)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Kates (Kate Middleton + Kate Moss)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Artists 2.0 (Prince x three)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

The Artists Formerly and Currently Known As Prince
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Napoleon Complex (Napoleon Bonaparte + Prince)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Madonnas
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Ladies Sang the Blues (Billie Holiday + Amy Winehouse)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Jean-Michelangelo (Jean-Michel Basquiat + Michelangelo)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

The Factory, or I Want To Be a Machine (Edie Sedgwick + Futura [Metropolis, 1927])
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

Tim + Johnny = Edward (Tim Burton + Johnny Depp)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

The Brides (Uma Thurman as The Bride + Elsa Lanchester as The Bride of Frankenstein)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

Men With No Names (Clint Eastwood + Toshiro Mifune)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

The Battle of the Currents (Nikola Tesla + Thomas Edison)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

The Futurists (Aldous Huxley + George Orwell)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24 and 12x12

iMacrosoft (Bill Gates + Steve Jobs)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

The Pee Wee Herman Melville (Pee Wee Herman + Herman Melville)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

The Woody Allen Ginsberg, or Bananas and Reality Sandwiches (Woody Allen + Allen Ginsberg)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

The Brains and the Beauty (Albert Einstein + Marilyn Monroe)
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2008, 48 x 48"

The Brains and the Beauty 2.0
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

The Elton John Wayne
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2008, 48 x 48" and resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 36x36 and 12x12

The Davids (Michelangelo's David + David Bowie)
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2008, 48 x 48" and resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 36x36 and 12x12

The Davids 2.0 (Michelangelo's David + David Bowie)
Acrylic and resin on MDF panel, 2009, 48x48, 36 x 36" and resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 36x36 and 12x12

The Baltimoreans, or A Descent Into Desperate Living, or The Purloined Pecker, or The Fall of The House of Mondo Trasho (Edgar Allan Poe + John Waters)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Howard Hugh(es) Hefner, or The Flyboy Playboy (Howard Hughes + Hugh Hefner)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

The Amazing Graces (Grace Jones + Grace Kelly)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

The Mickey Mao (Mickey Mouse + Chaiman Mao Zedong)
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2009, 48x48, 36 x 36" and resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 36x36 and 12x12

The Salvador Dali Lama (Salvador Dali + The Dalai Lama)
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2008, 48 x 48" and resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 36x36 and 12x12

La Dada Gaga (Marcel Duchamp's L.H.O.O.Q. + Lady Gaga)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Michaels (Michael Jackson at 10, 30, and 50 years of age)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Boy King of Pop (Michael Jackson + the mask of King Tutankhamun)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Boy King of Pop 2.0 (Michael Jackson + young King Tutankhamun)
Acrylic and resin on MDF panel, 2009, 36 x 36"

The Mona Lisa Marie (Davinci's Mona Lisa + Lisa Marie Presley)
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2008, 36 x 36"

The Martin Luther King of Rock n' Roll (Dr. Martin Luther King + Elvis Presley)
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2009, 36 x 36" and resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 36x36 and 12x12

The King of Kings of Rock and Roll (Jesus Christ + Elvis Presley)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

The Jacks, or On the Road to Camelot (Jack Kerouac + John F. Kennedy)
Resin-coated acrylic on canvas, 2010, 48x48, 36 x 36 and resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 36x36 and 12x12

The X and the O (Malcolm X + Barack Obama)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Presidents (Abraham Lincoln + Barack Obama)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36, 24x24, and 12x12

The Ronald McReagan (Ronald Reagan + Ronald McDonald)
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2008, 36 x 36"

The Man Ray Charles, or Sound and Vision (Man Ray + Ray Charles)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Enlightened (Gandhi + Yoda)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Leonards, or Who By Fire (Leonard Cohen + Leonard Nimoy)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Pleasure Is All Mine
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2009, 48 x 48" and resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 36x36 and 12x12

The Rons (Ron Howard + Ron Jeremy)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Divine (Divine + Jesus Christ)
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2008, 48 x 48"

The Trippers (Aldous Huxley + John Ritter)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Importance of Being Ernest, or Men Without Women (Ernest Hemingway + Oscar Wilde)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Lizard King of Kings (Jim Morrison + Jesus Christ)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Queens of England (Queen Elizabeth II + Boy George)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Georges, or One Nation Under A Groove (George Washington + George Clinton)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Kims, Or The Lil' Kim Jong Il (Lil' Kim + Kim Jong Il)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Pharaoh Fawcett (Farrah Fawcett + Akhenaten)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Doctors, or On the Couch (Sigmund Freud + Dr. Phil McGraw)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Evolution Will Be Televised (Charles Darwin + Planet of the Apes)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 36x36 and 12x12

The Burt and Ernie (Burt Reynolds + Sesame Street's Ernie)
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2008, 48 x 48"

The Pope John Paul Stanley (Pope John Paul + Paul Stanley)
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2008, 48 x 48"

The Throne (Jay Z + Kanye West)
resin-coated metallic c-print on panel, 48x48, 36x36 and 12x12

The Raggedy Ann and Andy (Raggedy Ann + Andy Warhol)
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2008, 48 x 48"