Andy Warhol, ‘Off to Town’, 1956, Gilden's Art Gallery

This is an original unique Ink Drawing with Watercolour by Andy Warhol.
It was realised circa 1956.
It is stamped verso by the estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc. and numbered on the reserve "258.009".

Throughout the 1950s as Warhol became more established in New York City he won numerous accolades and awards for his illustrations. Many would utilise the ink blot technique, which he pioneered in order to re-imagine a single image in many different ways. The technique involved blotting ink from tracing paper and appropriating the line.

The distinctive handwriting of the text was based on Warhol’s mother Julia’s writing style and he often credited her hand in his many self-published illustrated books. The poem itself shows the playful relationship between image and text popular throughout his days as an illustrator and his interest in commercials.

Provenance: Estate of Andy Warhol.
This work is recorded in the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. It will also be included in the future Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné that is currently being compiled by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
This is accompanied with the Certificate of Provenance from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Condition: In very good condition. There is minor surface soiling at the lower left corner. Minor paper discolouration at the lower right corner. There is a nick to the extreme upper sheet edge.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York