Artist Inspiration – Andy Warhol

Artist Influence, Artist Influences, Studio, Uncategorized

‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’ (1962)


‘Suicide (Purple Jumping Man)’ (1963)


‘Car Crash’ (1963)

Marilyn Diptych 1962 by Andy Warhol 1928-1987

‘Marilyn Diptych (1962)


‘Triple Elvis’ (1963)


I am inspired by the work of Andy Warhol, in particular his use of repetition in his imagery. He often repeated images in his silk-screen printing process in order, to portray different versions of the object/person with every print. The strong prints, with vivid colour and strong opacity command an attention and strength, whilst more transparent, less block-colour prints portray a sense of losing, a sense of sadness, and a deeper understanding of the character as more than just a brand or persona. This is very prevalent in his repetitions of Marilyn Monroe, in ‘Marilyn Diptych’, as he repeats her image multiple times, both in colour and fading black. These fading black prints, made just after her death, take on a poignant meaning, as she fades out, her personality can arguably be seen more, without the bright colour of stardom. In Warhol’s images, he manages to explore a subject through replications of the same image of the subject. I am very interested in the way that these repetitions display  single body, with multiple incarnations of self, and how this relates to a multiplicity of personality, as well as the idea of the hive mind. As such I would like to explore forms of repetition using the same image further.

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