It’s one thing to learn to paint like an artist you admire, but it’s a completely different ball game to try and get into his mindset. Pop art icon Andy Warhol inspired a movement so large that even 24 years after his death, knockoffs of his art works continue to flood stores world over.
Cashing in on his popularity, this weekend, a suburban art venue will kick off Warhol Situation, a four-part workshop on understanding important aspects of the artist’s life and psyche.
“Andy Warhol is a very important artist of our times, but I feel he isn’t looked up to properly. We’ve been taking his kind of work and using it in commercial media, though minus his thought process,” says artist Himanshu S, who will conduct the workshop this week.
“At the workshop, we will have practical processes at the end of each session, which is similar to his style of working. We’ll mix it up with a bit of our own style,” adds Himanshu, who has been fascinated by Warhol since his college days.
Activities at the workshop will include understanding the artist’s early works, his usage of repition and unnatural colours, the phase where he was fascinated with his celebrity status and even when he started documenting everything he did.
The workshop is part of an Art Appreciation programme undertaken by The Art Loft gallery.
Says gallery owner Kevin Tayebaly, “We did one programme earlier, where we studied the works of Matisse and Picasso among others. These workshops are important because it gets boring to go to a gallery and admire pictures without knowing how it was conceived.”
Attend Warhol Situation at The Art Loft, Bandra (W) from August 21. The cost is Rs 3,000 for four sessions, 2.5 hours each.
Call 99304 83966. Only 12 seats available.