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An Insight Into Warhol’s Creative Process

14 June - 17 July 2010

Andy Warhol

Mother and Child 1986

Silkscreen print on Lennox Museum Board

Signed in pencil

91.4 X 91.4 centimeter

Feldman/Schellman Andy Warhol Prints, A Catalogue Raisonné, fourth

edition revised 2003, page 155, II.183

Fifty important works by Andy Warhol go on show at the Hay Hill Gallery this summer. The

exhibition offers a rare and fascinating insight into Warhol’s creative mind and working

processes, with an unprecedented number of works juxtaposed with their preparatory


Highlights include a unique collection of Andy Warhol’s Indians (Native Americans) (1986),

exhibited alongside the working drawings.These seventeen works of art form an important part of

Warhol’s oeuvre.They provide a rounded study of Warhol’s graphic process in the 1980s and a

fitting manifestation of his later obsession with American culture, particularly the stories, myths

and legends of the American West. Based on publicity and archival photographs as well as

postcards, Warhol romanticises stereotyped and exploited images of American Indians including

Mother and Child, Indian Head Nickel, Plain Indian Shield, Kachina Dolls, Sitting Bull, Geronimo

and Northwest Coast Mask.

There will also be a range of highly collectable works including The Scream (after Edvard

Munch) (1984), part of an entire series of works based on the paintings of the Norwegian artist

and Shadows (1978), from Warhol’s monumental Shadow series.

Warhol's first exhibition of his Shadow paintings took place in New York in January 1979, the

entire contents of which are now in the Dia Art Foundation's collection displayed at Beacon, New

York. It was his most ambitious cycle of paintings up to that time.Warhol famously referred to them

as "disco décor," since, he explained "the opening party had disco" ("Painter Hangs His Own

Paintings," The New Yorker, February 5, 1979).Yet an entry in Warhol's diary reveals how he

strongly felt that they had much deeper meaning than simple decoration - Warhol complained that

a dinner companion "was saying that my work was just 'decorative.' That got me really mad, and

I'm so embarrassed, everybody saw the real me" (The Andy Warhol Diaries, ed. P. Hackett, 1989,


The painting on show is a beautiful example of the compelling, almost hypnotic power of the series

as such. Executed in black and luscious dark blue, it reflects both Warhol’s definition of these

images as being images of “nothing” and the human eye’s and mind’s immediate attempt to find a

tangible visual structure.This painting is a particularly pure yet subdued visual tour de force.

Additionally there will be iconic images such as the iconic Marilyn Monroe (1962); Hammer &

Sickle (1977) and Mobilgas (1985) as well as portraits of the collector Sidney Janis (1967) and

dancer Merce Cunningham (1986).

"While screen-printing is one of Andy Warhol’s more familiar techniques, this exhibition separates

the layers of Warhol’s final images to give a new and special perspective on their creation.When

shown alongside the completed works, his detailed preparatory drawings reveal how hand-drawn

outlines and painted brushstrokes provide a foundation for the printing process to create the final

image," says Hay Hill Gallery director.

Also showing during the exhibition dates, a collection of over 50 bronzes by August Rodin

including some of his most iconic works, namely,The Kiss,The Thinker,The Shadow, Eve and The

Hand of God among many others

The Hay Hill Gallery is proud to announce its participation to the Russian, Eastern and Oriental Art

Fair in London in June. It will present a selection of artworks in a wide variety of styles and genres

by different international artists.

An incredibly dynamic bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin,

depicting the famous Russian ballet dancer Nijinsky. Also, a

rare acylic and screenprint on canvas by Andy Warhol, Two

Multicoloured Marilyns from his iconic Reversal series created

in the 80s’ Exhibited with these two masters of the art world

are the Egyptian artist, Gamal Meleka, the Russian painters

Stanislav Plutenko, Sveta Yavorsky, Slava Groshev, Oleg

Tyrkin, and the photographer Alexey Lyubimkin.

For further information please contact the Hay Hill Gallery 5a Cork

Street London W1S 3NY

Tel: +44 (0)20 7439 1001 Email:,

Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 10 a.m to 6 p.m