Andy Warhol Paintings


By the beginning of the 1960s, Warhol was a very successful commercial illustrator. His detailed and elegant drawings for I. Miller shoes were particularly popular. These illustrations consisted mainly of "blotted ink" drawings (or monoprints), a technique which he applied in much of his early art. Although many artists of this period worked in commercial art, most did so discreetly. Warhol was so successful, however, that his profile as an illustrator seemed to undermine his efforts to be taken seriously as an artist.
 
In the early 1960s, Warhol tried to exhibit some of his drawings using these techniques in a gallery, only to be turned down. He began to rethink the relationship between his commercial work and the rest of his art. Instead of treating these things as opposites, he merged them, and began to take commercial and popular culture more explicitly as his topic.
 
Pop Art was an experimental form that several artists were independently adopting; some of these pioneers, such as Roy Lichtenstein, would later become synonymous with the movement. Warhol, who would become famous as the "Pope of Pop", turned to this new style, where popular subjects could be part of the artist's palette. His early paintings show images taken from cartoons and advertisements, hand-painted with paint drips. Those drips emulated the style of successful abstract expressionists (such as Robert Rauschenberg). Eventually, Warhol pared his image vocabulary down to the icon itself—to brand names, celebrities, dollar signs—and removed all traces of the artist's "hand" in the production of his paintings.
 
To him, part of defining a niche was defining his subject matter. Cartoons were already being used by Lichtenstein, typography by Jasper Johns, and so on; Warhol wanted a distinguishing subject. His friends suggested he should paint the things he loved the most. In his signature way of taking things literally, for his first major exhibition he painted his famous cans of Campbell's Soup, which he claimed to have had for lunch for most of his life.
 

He loved celebrities, so he painted them as well. From these beginnings he developed his later style and subjects. Instead of working on a signature subject matter, as he started out to do, he worked more and more on a signature style, slowly eliminating the hand-made from the artistic process. Warhol frequently used silk-screening; his later drawings were traced from slide projections. Warhol went from being a painter to being a designer of paintings. At the height of his fame as a painter, Warhol had several assistants who produced his silk-screen multiples, following his directions to make different versions and variations.

 

VINTAGE ANDY WARHOL PRINT "CAMPBELL'S SOUP CAN" CANVAS LAUNDRY BAG

VINTAGE ANDY WARHOL PRINT "CAMPBELL'S SOUP CAN" CANVAS LAUNDRY BAG

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Set of 3 Andy Warhol Tomato Soup Cans 2012 Target Lids Professionally Removed

Set of 3 Andy Warhol Tomato Soup Cans 2012 Target Lids Professionally Removed

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ANDY WARHOL *SIGNED* UNDERGROUND VELVET & NICO RECORD AUTHENTICATED

ANDY WARHOL *SIGNED* UNDERGROUND VELVET & NICO RECORD AUTHENTICATED

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ANDY WARHOL | Campbell's Soup I (F. & S. II.44-53)

ANDY WARHOL | Campbell's Soup I (F. & S. II.44-53)

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Andy Warhol Signed Hand-Numbered Ltd Ed "Mickey Mouse" Litho Print (unframed)

Andy Warhol Signed Hand-Numbered Ltd Ed "Mickey Mouse" Litho Print (unframed)

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Andy Warhol Signed & Hand-Numbered Ltd Ed "Flowers" Lithograph Print  (unframed)

Andy Warhol Signed & Hand-Numbered Ltd Ed "Flowers" Lithograph Print (unframed)

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Andy Warhol Guns 1981 Print Poster 11" x 14" Red

Andy Warhol Guns 1981 Print Poster 11" x 14" Red

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ANDY WARHOL | Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) (Feldman & Schellmann II.31)

ANDY WARHOL | Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) (Feldman & Schellmann II.31)

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ANDY WARHOL | Birmingham Race Riot (F. & S. II.3)

ANDY WARHOL | Birmingham Race Riot (F. & S. II.3)

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ANDY WARHOL | Cream of Mushroom (F. & S. II.53)

ANDY WARHOL | Cream of Mushroom (F. & S. II.53)

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Andy Warhol - Campbell's Soup I, 1968 Art Print Large Poster 24x36

Andy Warhol - Campbell's Soup I, 1968 Art Print Large Poster 24x36

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ANDY WARHOL | Marilyn Monroe (F. & S. II.23)

ANDY WARHOL | Marilyn Monroe (F. & S. II.23)

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Shag Andy Warhol Josh Agle "Sam II" Cat Print LTD 182 200 SDCC 2017 Signed

Shag Andy Warhol Josh Agle "Sam II" Cat Print LTD 182 200 SDCC 2017 Signed

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Andy Warhol Marilyns Pop Art Poster Print (Marilyn Monroe) 12x36 by Culturenik

Andy Warhol Marilyns Pop Art Poster Print (Marilyn Monroe) 12x36 by Culturenik

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ANDY WARHOL | Bighorn Ram (F. & S. II.302)

ANDY WARHOL | Bighorn Ram (F. & S. II.302)

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So Happy, c.1958 by Andy Warhol Art Print Poster Cat Kitten Purr 11x14

So Happy, c.1958 by Andy Warhol Art Print Poster Cat Kitten Purr 11x14

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ANDY WARHOL | Pepper Pot (F. & S. II.51)

ANDY WARHOL | Pepper Pot (F. & S. II.51)

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ANDY WARHOL | Flowers (F. & S. II.67)

ANDY WARHOL | Flowers (F. & S. II.67)

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ANDY WARHOL "LOVE IS A PINK CAKE" 10 OF ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS DONE BY ANDY AND HI

ANDY WARHOL "LOVE IS A PINK CAKE" 10 OF ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS DONE BY ANDY AND HI

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Andy Warhol Style Pop Art Photograph 8x10

Andy Warhol Style Pop Art Photograph 8x10

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