Our Fabulous Five: Andy Warhol

We just love Andy Warhol here at Your Vintage Life.  I have a home full of Warhol (not original unfortunately) and count items as diverse as art, soup tins, bowls, mugs, books and even a flask in my collection.  Treat yourself to some pop art inspired vintage shopping this week – all available online now.

A few of my Warhols

A few of my Warhols

After working as a commercial artist in New York in the early 1960s, Warhol became the most famous pioneer of pop art, which used comic books, advertisements and consumer goods as subject matter. Warhol’s colorful paintings of Campbell’s soup can labels, boxes of Brillo pads and celebrity icons, became among the most recognizable examples of pop art. He was also a filmmaker, his more memorable films include Trash (1969) and Frankenstein (1973). His studio, “The Factory” became infamous as a locale for eccentrics and eccentric behaviour, and of course it was Warhol who predicted that: “in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes…”

1.  If you’re going to have a piece of Warhol in your life you might as well make it one of his famous iconic prints.  Ok, so the Warhol canvas of the Mao Tse-Tung has sold for an astonishing £7.6 million in February, because of the way The Factory worked vintage prints can still be picked up at affordable prices with lots of modern reproductions available too – in fact that’s the whole point – its mass produced art.  Look for celebrity versions such as Liza Minelli, Debbie Harry, Marilyn Monroe,Grace Kelly or even Micky Mouse to make a wall in your home pop with colour and vibrancy.

Debbie Harry 1980 print via art.co.uk

Debbie Harry 1980 print via art.co.uk

2.  Did you know he co-wrote an adorable illustrated cookery book?  Wild Raspberries was published in 1959 with 19 vintage Warhol illustrations accompanying the spoof recipes – vintage copies can be found quite easily.  It’s hands down the funniest, campiest, most fanciful cookbook ever produced!

Ebay Wild Raspberries vintage book via perfect_bookstore_limited

Ebay Wild Raspberries vintage book via perfect_bookstore_limited

3.  Rosenthal Studio-Line made a gorgeous range of plates, bowls and decorative pieces with Warhol’s iconic designs.  Source a great vintage piece via eBay such as this square Grace Kelly platter for a real focus piece to your room.

Ebay vintage Rosenthal glass platter via chinafind

Ebay vintage Rosenthal glass platter via chinafind

4.  Interview magazine was founded in late 1969 by Warhol and in the early days, complimentary copies of were often given away to the in-crowd.  The front covers were often Warholesqe prints or photographs of the celebrity in the main interview and look amazing framed – find a great selection on Etsy such as this Cyndi Lauper one.

Etsy vintage 1986 Interview Magazine via jpjcandyland

Etsy vintage 1986 Interview Magazine via jpjcandyland

5.  Get your kids into Warhol early by investing in a limited edition Warhol print Bugaboo – add sun canopy, foot muff and parasol in distinctive Warhol prints for the most arty buggy in town!

Limited edition Bugaboo via pramworld.co.uk

Limited edition Bugaboo via pramworld.co.uk

And, if you can wait the Andy Warhol + Bugaboo Banana Collection is in selected stores nationwide from May 2014 find details here.  We love this!

Warhol Banana Bugaboo coming May 14

Warhol Banana Bugaboo coming May 14

As Andy said – “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have”, so this week, make your shopping choices all about the want, not about the need…

Written by Sarah Gorlov

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