I love getting commissions. This one had me excited. It’s not everyday you you get challenged to paint one of the most-renowned American pop artists of our time… Andy Warhol. While the client wanted him in black, I also realized this piece needed color.
Warhol, who was born in Pittsburgh on August 6 1928, began his career working as a successful commercial illustrator, and then he grew in popularity after having his work exhibited in several New York galleries in the late 50s.
He became most recognized for exploring the relationship between artistic expression, advertising and celebrity culture. His works span a variety of media, including painting, silk screening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Monroe, (1962) which was completed just week’s after her death. These two iconic prints, along with flowers on the back legs, became the color this chair needed.
I’m happy to report, my client loved the chair, and I have to admit I think it turned out great. I’d like to think Warhol, who died in 1987, would approve as well.