The Collectible Flowers of Pop Art

Artsy Specialist
May 21, 2018 6:09PM

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.

$1,450–2,030

Takashi Murakami
An Homage to Monopink 1960 D, 2012
Gagosian
Takashi Murakami
Flowerball Blood (3D) V, 2011
Shapero Modern
Takashi Murakami
An Homage to Monogold 1960 C, 2012
Gagosian


Alex Katz

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

$14,500–24,000

Alex Katz
White Impatiens, 2016
Haw Contemporary


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.

£12,500–20,000

David Hockney
Untitled 516 [Lilies], 2016
Peter Harrington Gallery
David Hockney
Homemade Etching, 1998
Lyndsey Ingram
David Hockney
A Bigger Book with Untitled 346 [Tulips] ink-jet print., 2016
Peter Harrington Gallery


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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Yayoi Kusama
Flowers , 1985
Yang Gallery


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.

$39,000–58,000

Andy Warhol
Flowers, 1970
2CforArt
Andy Warhol
Flowers F&S II.6, 1964
Kings Wood Art
Andy Warhol
FLOWERS FS II.70, 1970
Marcel Katz Art


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.

$10,000–30,000

Tom Wesselmann
Country Bouquet With Blue, 1991
Untitled Projects
Tom Wesselmann
Still life with lilies and mixed fruit, 1997
Alan Cristea Gallery


Donald Sultan

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

$2,500–6,500

Donald Sultan
Poppies, June 8, 2011 (Red), 2011
New Gallery of Modern Art
Donald Sultan
Blue and White, Feb 10, 2017, 2017
Newzones


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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James Rosenquist
Night Transitions, 1985
Galerie Klaus Benden
James Rosenquist
Shriek, 1986
Hamilton-Selway Fine Art
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