Featuring tributes to Warhol from a host of leading contemporary artists, artwork has been placed at prominent locations throughout Croydon.
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St Matthews House, 98 George St, Croydon CR0 1PJ
Warhol’s career often saw him use the same image several times within one print with the image repeated in the same composition through many colour variations. Young Warhol is a fascinating work that not only highlights this colour technique but the subject in the work is an imagined image of a young Warhol himself.
One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and television.
English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie “Supersize Me,” and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election.
Ruskin Square, Croydon, CR0 1XJ
To many, Warhol was a pioneer who took everyday recognisable objects and made them into fine art. This is true for a number of his works and thus immortalising those items further into popular culture such as his ‘Campbell’s soup’ piece.
Over time, some of the brands depicted in his works have grown in gravitas whereas others have faded over the years. Peter Dunne offers some food for thought and the suggestion: ‘What if Warhol came to England?’
Caithness Walk, Croydon, CR0 9XF
Andy Warhol had a broad career spanning many creative media as well as being a distinguished visual artist. He was a photographer, designer and an accomplished filmmaker.
In this work, through Ben Eines iconic typography, he pays tribute to the 1966 Film and Album cover ‘Chelsea Girls’.
Chelsea Girls, shot on location in New York, became Warhol’s first successful commercial film.
Eine is most notable for his alphabet lettering on shop shutters in London’s Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Broadway Market areas.
Eine produced a number of custom clothing designs notably some custom “VANDALS” sweatshirts and started to explore screen prints eventually working as a screen printer for cult screen print company Pictures on Walls. Eine produced many of the hand pulled prints for artists represented by POW including Banksy, Jamie Hewlett, Mode2, Modern Toss and David Shrigley.
1 Lansdowne Rd, Croydon CR9 2BN
Warhol often portrayed celebrity and society in his artwork.
In 1975 Warhol released a series of artworks titled ‘Mick Jagger’. As in a number of cases with these celebrity series these were signed both by Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger himself. The Mick Jagger series was the only series that was printed in London.
Artist Dan Cimmermann’s paintings involve imagery that seeks to capture and possess power and potency. Dan Cimmermann’s technique involves taking an image and manipulating, disguising, defacing and disfiguring the image to explore new meaning. Within his working practice Dan Cimmermann also explores scale, surface and texture in order to render the original image almost unidentifiable or take the image out of its original context to create ambiguity.
The Whitgift Centre, 86-90 N End, Croydon CR0 1UY
Simon Freeborough’s Pure Transparency is a fantastic artwork that can be seen to have been influenced by more than one Warhol work.
The combination of the famous Chanel bottle which appeared in his 1985 ‘Ad’s’ suite with his last print portfolio in 1987 titled ‘Camouflage’ draws on multiple Warhol inspirations.
Simon Freeborough is a London based printmaker and artist. Much of his art looks at the potentially disposable frills of society and transforms them into an everlasting homage and object of admiration.
Exchange Square, Croydon, CR0 1UH
In many respects, Warhol was and is known for his use of multiple repeated images in the same composition using different colour ways. Nick Walker’s ‘Multi-Mona’ artwork is a wonderful illustration and homage of Warhol.
Warhol also did a rework of Leonardo Di Vinci Mona Lisa and throughout his career re-visited on numerous occasions the subject of Renaissance painters.
Nick Walker is an established graffiti artist originating from Bristol, England. He is credited with being part of the stencil graffiti movement that Robert Del Naja had started in the 1980s, which was also an influence on Banksy. Walker was invited by film director Stanley Kubrick to recreate the graffiti’d streets of New York for his 1999 film, Eyes Wide Shut.
Surrey Street, Croydon, CR0 1RG
Beginning in 1962 Warhol created a charged portfolio of works, which came to be known as his ‘Death and Disaster Series’, a period regarded as highly important in his early career. The series of around 70 works mark a trend away from consumer objects toward a more serious subject matter, sourced largely from police photo archives and newspapers.
The homage to Warhol’s serious series you see here has been created by Mudwig (Daniel Sparks), an English self-taught artist who has created urban works around the world.
Dice Bar, 36 High St, Croydon CR0 1YB
In 1971 Warhol created a number of paintings of Chairman Mao which coincided with the then historic visit President Nixon made to China in the same year. Shortly after this meeting in 1972, he then released a print portfolio of the same subject Mao Series.
It’s widely believed that at the time Warhol felt that this new relationship with China would provide an opportunity for him to sell his artwork to a new market.
Given that Chairman Mao was the most iconic image in the region at the time he felt it would be popular with the then Chinese society.
The Dotmaster, a UK artist, started painting on the streets of Brighton in the early ’90s. He takes a sideways look at a populist media with a typically English sense of humour. His work is impeccably detailed – his half-tone work, stark black and white street pieces and unique, photo-real colour stencils all create street-based illusions that fool the eye.
Invited to take part in Banksy’s Waterloo ‘Cans Festival’ and featuring in the Oscar-nominated ‘Exit through the Gift Shop’, The Dotmaster exhibits internationally.
Impact House, 2 Edridge Rd, Croydon CR0 1QG
By far one of the most recognisable Warhol works was ‘Campbell’s Soup’. The Campbell’s soup series spanned two series: Portfolio I in 1968 and Portfolio II in 1969 as well as a number of unique works and colour ways.
These works are without doubt ingrained and celebrated as part of our modern cultural history.
Rich Simmons is a Contemporary Urban Pop Artist from London who has exhibited all over the world, rising to fame with an iconic piece of street art of Will and Kate before the royal wedding.
Rich has gone on to exhibit in some of the biggest galleries in London, Geneva, Tampa, New York and LA. As a self-taught artist, Rich has taken his love of different genres of art, from street art, pop art and comic books to pioneer a new fusion style which draws on all of his inspirations.
The Queen’s Gardens, 15 St George’s Walk, Croydon CR0 1YH
In 1976 Warhol released a series of works entitled ‘Skulls’ which comprised of four silkscreen editions.
Probably lesser known to most of the public but Warhol also visited similar subjects during his career like the ‘electric chair series’ and the famed early ‘Death and Disaster series’ as it became to be known.
Filled with neon colours, geometric patterns and symbols, Zosen’s paintings immerse the viewer in their vivid imagery. The artist creates his proper mythology, flooding walls and canvases with fantastic characters that reveal his commentary on the happenings of our own world.
Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, CR9 1DG
The phrase ‘In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes’ is a quote that has become synonmous with Andy Warhol and remains as powerful today.
It appeared for the first time in the 1968 exhibition of his works set in Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Furthermore, it emerged in 2014 that a number of digital artworks had been discovered from his personal computer dating back to the 1980’s.
Nestle Tower, 61 Park Lane, Croydon CR0
One of the things that made Warhol so unique and recognisable was the use of strong colours and how on many occasions he used bold block colours together to create striking compositions. This often brought to life and made everyday objects we all take for granted, spellbinding to the eye.
This amazing work by the Artist Mark Petty entitled ‘love letters only’ really highlights the use of colour.
Mark Petty is a London-born and London-based image maker and artist. He studied art, illustration and photography before embarking on a stellar career in dirty advertising. He currently runs one of M&C Saatchi’s creative departments.