Kenny Scharf burst into the New York art world in the late seventies with his space-age, pop art paintings inspired by Hanna Barbera and Andy Warhol. Along with contemporaries Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ann Magnuson, he belonged to a group of young artists who turned the club culture of the seventies into the booming art market of the eighties. Exhibiting his work at such places as Fiorucci, Club 57, the Palladium and the Mudd Club, Scharf caught the attention of serious collectors, critics and curators as he began to developed his own unique, cartoon-inspired style, for which he coined the term Pop Surealism.