The Collectible Flowers of Pop Art

Artsy Specialist
May 21, 2018 2:09pm
Pop artists—from the 1960s to today—have long been obsessed with flowers. Alex Katz painted irises, Andy Warhol silkscreened hibiscus blossoms, and Takashi Murakami invented his own abstract blooms.
Below, discover fresh bouquets by these famous talents and more. To buy any of these works, you can click on the image to contact the gallery directly.

Takashi Murakami

Contemporary Pop artist Murakami—sometimes called the Japanese Andy Warhol—is known for his smiling flowers, which always feature 12 rounded petals and joyous cartoon faces.

Alex Katz

Irises, marigolds, and impatiens fill Katz’s prints in allover compositions inspired by Jackson Pollock’s gestural painting style.

David Hockney

In 2009, Hockney began a daily ritual of painting flowers each morning on his iPad and iPhone—and flower arrangements remain one of the artist’s favorites subjects for his digital drawings.

Yayoi Kusama

The queen of polka dots has been obsessed with flowers ever since her childhood, where she grew up surrounded by her family’s nursery business.
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Andy Warhol

Famous for appropriating images from mass media, Warhol modeled these four blooms after a photograph of hibiscus blossoms that he discovered in a 1964 issue of Modern Photography.

Tom Wesselmann

Wesselmann’s still lifes of flower bouquets and ripe fruit highlight the beauty of everyday objects, while subtly hinting at the erotic themes prevalent in the Pop artist’s work.

Donald Sultan

Sultan’s botanics are often filled with contrasts, capturing otherwise fragile flower petals in strong, bold forms.

James Rosenquist

In the 1980s, Rosenquist became inspired by the vibrant nature surrounding his Florida studio and embarked on a decade-long series of floral prints and paintings.
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