Just Add Water is part of my new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art. In this image, I explore the work of the American painter and cultural icon Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Here, I present one of his most popular works, Campbell Soup 1.
You can watch videos of the creation of Just Add Water on Instagram.
Every museum store in the world carries postcards of their most popular works. I have dozens of these cards featuring every style of painting imaginable.
In this new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art, I explore the artistry of these painters - marrying their iconic images with both abstract backgrounds and ultra-realistic still life objects to create something entirely new.I hope you enjoy them.
Warhol worked in silkscreen, using a squeegee to apply swaths of paint in layers. The background was my nod to this technique, where I scraped very thin layers of grey paint, then applied the vivid red paint with a squeegee-like technique.
As a contrast to the graphic style of the postcard and the abstract background, the vintage can opener and blue painter’s tape are painted in a highly realistic way, using classic still life techniques. For the tape, I employed the trompe l'oeil style - a visual illusion where the painted object looks real. The tape looks like it is stuck to the surface, but it isn’t.