I am continuing my homage series of paintings which I started in 2007. This collection is focused on Andy Warhol – I am trying to establish a dialogue between Warhol and the people he knew or collaborated with: artists; musicians; actors; photographers; and in some cases, people he didn’t know. The list is endless. He created many portraits of these people and in my homage series, I am placing him beside his subjects, painting them in a Pop Art style, to add to the impact.
It seems to me that Andy Warhol was, in visual terms, a chameleon – this was part of his persona. I researched many images of him, and in many of the photos, he looks like different people. I tried to create this notion in my portraits which are almost a visual history of the people he knew, and in some cases, people he never met. I also portray the motifs and works of art, which he turned into Pop Art.
Warhol created 32 flavours in his iconic soup series – as a nod to this, I hope to create 32 portraits or maybe more. Each painting is 16″ X 16″ acrylic on canvas board, varnished and framed and priced at €600. A selection of prints from the series is also available either from the artist or in the giftshop in the Hugh Lane Gallery.
My homage series is a continuous series to which I return when not exploring my abstract and contemporary styles.