Friday, December 4, 2009

Sleeping Warhol


Yesterday we got to see several Warhols at SAM. Indulge me..I have to tell you this.. I actually met Warhol once...he was seated directly in front of me at a Broadway play in NYC. The play was 42nd Street. He was so recognizable with his black/white choppy hair and pale skin. He was very affable and autographed my playbill with his name and trademark heart. (Unfortunately, I have since lost it!). I did this quick sketch today from a black and white photo of Warhol taking a nap in his leather coat. The end result looks a bit ghoulish, almost like a person in a coffin..at least that is what it reminds me of. Many of my artist friends do not share my admiration for Warhol..but that's all right. I loved most everything about him. Here's something from his diary: "I broke something and realized I should break something once a week to remind me how fragile life is."

13 comments:

-Don said...

Celeste, this is a great sketch and a great story to go with it. Too bad you lost your playbill, but at least you still have the memory which is even more important. I'll admit I'm really jealous that you met him!!! Have you ever listened to the album "Songs for Drella" by Lou Reed and John Cale? I think it's a must-have for us Warhol fans. -Don

Lozzano said...

It's a very good work, it's very strong.
Indeed, perhaps by the position of his hands gives the impression of being dead.

Kathy said...

Great story, and too bad that you lost the playbill! I, too, am a big fan of Warhol. He was an important influence in art. Your drawing is great... very coffin-like!

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Celeste,
Thank you for sharing your art day with us. Engoyed your photo and sketch, and yes Andy looks dead.But is well done. Wishing for you many more days like this!

ArtSparker said...

Yes, it has the aspect of one of those 19th century keepsake photos of deceased people. What he said verges on being priestly, as if he were recommending a form of observance.

shawndemarest said...

Excellent quotes - thanks for sharing. I need to learn more about Warhol!

Caio Fernandes said...

what an exellent head and the black jacket too . wow .
this work is fantastic .
when teenager i used to dislike him , just liked the fact he had sponsored Velvet Underground .
but with 19 years old i saw i huge exhibition of his works here in Sao Paulo and i realised he was a good painter. yes . he really knew pictoric values and how to put then in practice enve with that "tecnic" so limitated .
but your portrait is so strong and beautiful .
thank you Celeste .

billspaintingmn said...

Hi Celeste!
Always like a quick sketch, this
one communicates well.
Andy always looked dead so this is
cool to me.
I like your story. Hope you find
that autograph.
Never met him, but he was good friends with some folks I know.
Andy influenced me mid "70s"

hwfarber said...

I really like your sketch and envy your meeting Andy Warhol. His work was so important.

indigomar said...

Nice sketch, great story! I have a new appreciation of Warhol due to the quote you included. By the way, I meant to comment on your post on redheads, I really like the painting, plus the miniature painting you posted soon after. My daughter is a beautiful strawberry blond--grandaughter to a flaming redhead (carrot top). My daughter who always disliked (hated actually) her red hair, is finally at 24 years old beginning to believe her hair is beautiful--after all the hairdressers telling her she was crazy to dye it and people pay to have her color!

mark said...

I saw a show of Warhol's florals, beautifully, carefully, delicately rendered bouquets of flowers. He had been a commercial illustrator for years and his talents in this kind of representational art sure came forth in this show. He was truly creative and tuned in. He also predicted everyone's fifteen minutes of fame pretty accurately with the youtubes and blogs of today.
Your fame will endure however if you keep going like you are with art flowing out of you.

Gary Keimig said...

I don't see this as a coffin placed character at all. Befor I read your account it hit me as a sleeping person. I think you did a great job on it Celeste. Even done from a photograph I think you rendered it as tohough done actually from life. I like it.

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi again Celeste!.... "I" admire your sleeping sketch of Warhol... almost as much as "I" admired his willingness and conviction to risk... everything... even disdain and harsh criticism... just to say what "He" felt and thought.

Your Warhol quote is a classic... to demonstrate just how introspective... sensitive... and true to his "Self"..."He" was!

Like your cat... of "economic" origin! Good one!

Good Painting!
Bruce