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June 21, 2010

Artist Profile: Andy Warhol

In the future everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes.”- Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s (1928-1987) art is desired throughout the world with many pieces displayed in galleries and museums including The MOMA, Guggenheim and the MET as well as his own museum.  Cactus is quickly becoming one of the most prominent collectors of Warhol screen-prints in North America!  We are proud to have these spectacular works of art in our restaurants.

I love Los Angeles.  I love Hollywood.  Theyre so beautiful.  Everythings plastic, but I love plastic.  I want to be plastic.”- Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol captured a generation with his pop-art.  The subjects of his screen-prints and paintings began with everyday products like Campbell Soup and Coca Cola.  Later, Warhol turned to celebrities and friends as the stars of his screen-prints.  He often repeated images over and over again, changing the colours or minor details in each painting.

Andy Warhol was almost as famous for his outrageous comments in the media as his art.  In the end, he became a pop culture icon and celebrity in his own right.  Many of Warhol’s observations are still relevant today….

Art is what you can get away with”- Andy Warhol

Must Read: Andy Warhol Portraits by Tony Shafrazi

Must Watch: Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006)Factory Girl (2007)

List of  Warhol’s paintings and the Cactus locations you can find it at (in brackets):

Kimiko (SouthpointByrne Rd)
Annie Oakley (Southpoint)
Howdy Doody (SouthpointPark RoyalKelowna)
Mother and ChildMartha Graham: the Kick (Park Royal)
Sitting Bull (KelownaByrne RdCoquitlam)
Hans Christian Andersen (Yaletown)
Volkswagen Lemon (Byrne Rd)
Martha Graham: Satyric Festival (Ash)
After the PartyCamouflage: GreenCamouflage: multi (Bentall)
Camouflage: multiTruck: BlackTruck: Blue (West Edmonton)