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 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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Andy Warhol SIGNED and NUMBERED Chicken Noodle Soup Can FS II.45

Andy Warhol SIGNED and NUMBERED Chicken Noodle Soup Can FS II.45

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

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

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ANDY WARHOL *SIGNED* MYTHS CATALOG *VERY SCARCE

ANDY WARHOL *SIGNED* MYTHS CATALOG *VERY SCARCE

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Andy Warhol Uncle Sam 1463   5000 Lithograph Limited

Andy Warhol Uncle Sam 1463 5000 Lithograph Limited

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Andy Warhol hand signed 1984 postcard, Andy Warhol in his elevator, NYC

Andy Warhol hand signed 1984 postcard, Andy Warhol in his elevator, NYC

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Old etching signed ANDY WARHOL in pencil - angel

Old etching signed ANDY WARHOL in pencil - angel

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Andy Warhol hand signed card copyright Andy Warhol -- A Clouded Tiger Production

Andy Warhol hand signed card copyright Andy Warhol -- A Clouded Tiger Production

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Andy Warhol Endangered Species- A Portfolio Of Six Works-1992

Andy Warhol Endangered Species- A Portfolio Of Six Works-1992

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ANDY WARHOL, Napoleon, "Love is a Pink Cake," signed & hand colored lithograph

ANDY WARHOL, Napoleon, "Love is a Pink Cake," signed & hand colored lithograph

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Andy WARHOL Campbells Soup Can Art Print Poster 53 x 34

Andy WARHOL Campbells Soup Can Art Print Poster 53 x 34

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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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Original ANDY WARHOL LP ART 1st Press Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers Zipper Cover

Original ANDY WARHOL LP ART 1st Press Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers Zipper Cover

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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, "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 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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Andy Warhol Guns, Framed Canvas Print, Pop Art, Grey and Black, 8" x 10"

Andy Warhol Guns, Framed Canvas Print, Pop Art, Grey and Black, 8" x 10"

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