Andy Warhol, ‘Toy Painting Fips by Andy Warhol’, 1983, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Toy Painting Fips by Andy Warhol’, 1983, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Toy Painting Fips by Andy Warhol’, 1983, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Toy Painting Fips by Andy Warhol’, 1983, Revolver Gallery

Title: Toy Painting FIPS (Mouse)
Medium: Painting, Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas
Year: 1983
Size: 8″x 10″
Edition: Unique

Andy Warhol created his painting Toy Painting FIPS in 1983 as part of his Toy Paintings portfolio. Warhol’s friend and gallerist, Bruno Bischofberg, asked him to create a series of paintings for children. Throughout his life Warhol collected numerous vintage toys and children’s books, which served as inspiration for the Toy Painting series. Once again Warhol amplified his love of using commercialized images and products in his work. The colorful work was created through a combination of silkscreen inks and painting. The series also had an important message about advertising and society’s obsession with consumerism. In this work Warhol focuses more on the packaging of the toy than the toy itself, which serves as a metaphor of how the bright colored red and blue packaging can convince and deceive a child of a products value. Andy Warhol’s Toy Painting FIPS is a unique painting.

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