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.

 

KEITH HARING ANDY WARHOL "ANDY MOUSE III" 1986 | DUAL SIGNED SCREENPRINT | RARE

KEITH HARING ANDY WARHOL "ANDY MOUSE III" 1986 | DUAL SIGNED SCREENPRINT | RARE

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Andy Warhol Print with COA Valued $5,950 Original Print Certified Hand Signed.

Andy Warhol Print with COA Valued $5,950 Original Print Certified Hand Signed.

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Andy Warhol Signed Hand-Numbered Ltd Edtion "The Beatles" Litho Print (unframed)

Andy Warhol Signed Hand-Numbered Ltd Edtion "The Beatles" Litho Print (unframed)

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1983 ANDY WARHOL - Endangered Species : AFRICAN ELEPHANT Announcement Card (A)

1983 ANDY WARHOL - Endangered Species : AFRICAN ELEPHANT Announcement Card (A)

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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 -  QUEEN ELIZABETH II #3

ANDY WARHOL - QUEEN ELIZABETH II #3

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Set of 4 Andy Warhol Tomato Soup Cans 2012 Target Lids Professionally Removed

Set of 4 Andy Warhol Tomato Soup Cans 2012 Target Lids Professionally Removed

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1985 ANDY WARHOL SCREENPRINT JUDY GARLAND BLACKGLAMA AD SIGNED AND NUMBERED

1985 ANDY WARHOL SCREENPRINT JUDY GARLAND BLACKGLAMA AD SIGNED AND NUMBERED

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Old silk-screen signed ANDY WARHOL in pencil - Mona Lisa

Old silk-screen signed ANDY WARHOL in pencil - Mona Lisa

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Andy Warhol "Blue Canteloupe"Original Pop Art Screenprint mint signed

Andy Warhol "Blue Canteloupe"Original Pop Art Screenprint mint signed

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Andy Warhol Cars Guggenheim Press Release Folder

Andy Warhol Cars Guggenheim Press Release Folder

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ANDY WARHOL HAND SIGNED SIGNATURE * MOONWALK *  PRINT  W  C.O.A.

ANDY WARHOL HAND SIGNED SIGNATURE * MOONWALK * PRINT W C.O.A.

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Andy Warhol "Pepper Pot Campbell's Soup Can" Hand Signed & numbered Screen Print

Andy Warhol "Pepper Pot Campbell's Soup Can" Hand Signed & numbered Screen Print

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Andy Warhol 12 x 18 Quality Lithograph Art

Andy Warhol 12 x 18 Quality Lithograph Art

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Andy Warhol - Marilyn Monroe - 1981 Leo Castelli Print Retrospective Invitation

Andy Warhol - Marilyn Monroe - 1981 Leo Castelli Print Retrospective Invitation

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ANDY WARHOL -- A 1960s UNIQUE ORIGINAL POP-ART INK DRAWING PORTRAIT, PROVENANCE

ANDY WARHOL -- A 1960s UNIQUE ORIGINAL POP-ART INK DRAWING PORTRAIT, PROVENANCE

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Andy Warhol Set 4 50th Anniversary 2012  Campbell's Soup Cans POP ART

Andy Warhol Set 4 50th Anniversary 2012 Campbell's Soup Cans POP ART

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Andy Warhol Signed 1964 Flowers FS II.6

Andy Warhol Signed 1964 Flowers FS II.6

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Andy Warhol. Pop Art. Real Drawing. Signed. Coke Cola. . Unusual Sketch

Andy Warhol. Pop Art. Real Drawing. Signed. Coke Cola. . Unusual Sketch

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ANDY WARHOL HAND SIGNED SIGNATURE * RED JACKIE *  PRINT  W  C.O.A.

ANDY WARHOL HAND SIGNED SIGNATURE * RED JACKIE * PRINT W C.O.A.

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