This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 09/09/2017.
PHOTOS: The amazing Andy Warhol inspired street art that has appeared in Croydon town centre
A groundbreaking month-long Andy Warhol project, organised by the RISEGallery, is finally here and street art inspired by the legendary American artist has sprung up around Croydon town centre.
RISEGallery, in St George’s Walk, are delivering a programme of events throughout September, which will feature a free exhibition of the legendary American artist’s work as a tribute to his life, 30 years after his death.
As part of this, there will be a street exhibition of giant artworks curated by RISEGallery and the artist Dotmaster, including tributes to Warhol by some of today’s leading artists.
The 12 large art installations are across Croydon town centre including in Surrey Street, on The Whitgift Centre and Ruskin Square.
RISEGallery founder Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison said the response so far been “amazing”.
He said: “It’s been crazy busy, we’ve been doing two tours a day. The gallery has been rammed and we’re getting people from all over visiting.
“We’ve had people coming from Switzerland, people coming down from Camden, we’re getting a lot of people from really far away.
“But we’re also, of course, getting a lot of people from the borough, which is great because they’re seeing their home town in a new way.”
Further information about the project can be found here.
The first and best place to start is outside of East Croydon station, where the first image, Young Warhol, by Ron English, can be seen.
The artist has previously had installations all over the world with images projected on streets, films, television and museums.
Next, it’s over to Ruskin Square for Peter Dunne’s, If Warhol Came to England.
Making reference to Warhol making art out of everyday objects, the artist has taken a British food staple and made it art.
Ben Eine’s piece, titled Chelsea Girl, is the next stop on Caithness Walk.
The artist is most well-known for his alphabet lettering on shop shutters in London, particularly in Shoreditch.
The installation is paying tribute to Warhol’s 1966 film and album cover, Chelsea Girls.
Over on to Lansdowne Road, you’ll meet Dan Cimmermann’s Jagger.
Warhol’s Mick Jagger series was the only series to be printed in London, and is the inspiration for Cimmermann’s work.
Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison admitted this was one of his favourites on the trail.
He said: “I love them all, but I particularly love the Jagger piece.”
The Whitgift Centre, in North End, is the next stop of the journey, and features Simon Freeborough’s work, Pure Tansparancy.
It draws on multiple inspirations, from the famous Chanel bottle that featured on Warhol’s 1985 Ads and his last print portfolio in 1987, titled Camouflage.
The image, Multi-Mona, is an illustration and homage of Warhol and recreates many of Warhol’s artistic traits.
Mudwig’s Warhol D&D is the latest art to feature on Surrey Street, and the next stop on the trail.
The self-taught artist has created urban works all over the world, and his contribution to the Warhol exhibition takes inspiration from Warhol’s work in 1962, Death and Disaster Series.
Warhol’s Mao series got worldwide attention in 1972 after he created a number of paintings of Charirman Maoi which coincided with President Nixon’s historic visit to China.
Dotmaster’s piece pays homage to this work.
Speaking about the exhibition, he said: “I was asked if I knew artists who would be interested and so I asked quite a lot of friends and they were all interested.
“[The opening night] was great, there was a lot of people in Croydon who were happy and interested to see what was coming.”
Next on the route is a tribute to one of Warhol’s most recognised pieces of work, the iconic Campbell’s Soup.
Located on Impact House, in Edridge Road, Rich Simmon’s Skeleton Soup Can features. The artist is well known all over the world after he created iconic street art of Prince William and Kate.
Chu’s Famous is the penultimate stop on the trail at Fairfield Halls.
Taking inspirataion from Warhol’s famous phrase “In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”, the image is creating a modern day version.
The Queen’s Gardens feature the second last stop of the tour, with Zosen’s image, Love Walkers.
Finally, it’s Love Letters Only, by Mark Petty, on the Nestle Tower.
London based artist Petty’s image is paying homage to Warhol’s strong use of colour in his work.
Here is a full map the tour follows: