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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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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ANDY WARHOL "LETTER TO THE WORLD" THE KICK FROM MARTHA GRAHAM

ANDY WARHOL "LETTER TO THE WORLD" THE KICK FROM MARTHA GRAHAM

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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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Original Signed Andy Warhol Screenprint -- Dracula -- from Myths 1981

Original Signed Andy Warhol Screenprint -- Dracula -- from Myths 1981

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Andy Warhol 13 Most Wanted Men Silkscreen Original Print FBI

Andy Warhol 13 Most Wanted Men Silkscreen Original Print FBI

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Original Signed Andy Warhol Screenprint -- The Witch -- from Myths 1981

Original Signed Andy Warhol Screenprint -- The Witch -- from Myths 1981

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πŸ‘ Orig 1979 Andy Warhol Space Fruits Serigraph Michael Zivian NY Peaches πŸ‘

πŸ‘ Orig 1979 Andy Warhol Space Fruits Serigraph Michael Zivian NY Peaches πŸ‘

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ANDY WARHOL ORIGINAL 1962 -CAMPBELLS SOUP- ON SILVER LEAF FRAME EDITION

ANDY WARHOL ORIGINAL 1962 -CAMPBELLS SOUP- ON SILVER LEAF FRAME EDITION

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πŸ‰ Orig Andy Warhol Space Fruits Serigraph Michael Zivian NY Watermelon πŸ‰

πŸ‰ Orig Andy Warhol Space Fruits Serigraph Michael Zivian NY Watermelon πŸ‰

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Andy Warhol, "EIGHTY TWO-DOLLAR BILLS" Hand signed print in Silver pen w COA

Andy Warhol, "EIGHTY TWO-DOLLAR BILLS" Hand signed print in Silver pen w COA

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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 Signed Hand-Numberd Ltd Ed "Butterflies" Lithograph Print (unframed)

Andy Warhol Signed Hand-Numberd Ltd Ed "Butterflies" Lithograph Print (unframed)

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36"x36" JACKIE 1964 by ANDY WARHOL KENNEDY ONASSIS CANVAS

36"x36" JACKIE 1964 by ANDY WARHOL KENNEDY ONASSIS CANVAS

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ANDY WARHOL SKULL RED SIGNED + HAND NUMBERED 4162 5000 LITHOGRAPH

ANDY WARHOL SKULL RED SIGNED + HAND NUMBERED 4162 5000 LITHOGRAPH

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Andy Warhol Fashions Framed Poster Print Pair 131 2 X 141 2

Andy Warhol Fashions Framed Poster Print Pair 131 2 X 141 2

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🍈 Orig Andy Warhol Space Fruits Serigraph Michael Zivian NY Cantaloupe 🍈

🍈 Orig Andy Warhol Space Fruits Serigraph Michael Zivian NY Cantaloupe 🍈

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Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat Boxing Collaborations Exhibition Art Poster

Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat Boxing Collaborations Exhibition Art Poster

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ANDY WARHOL COW Pop Art Authorized Litho Print 1989

ANDY WARHOL COW Pop Art Authorized Litho Print 1989

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Andy Warhol Stamp Collage in gold color 12"Γ—15"glass matted frame.

Andy Warhol Stamp Collage in gold color 12"Γ—15"glass matted frame.

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