“After studying Pop Art with Wayne Thiebaud, I moved my studio from Davis, California to Bushwick in New York City. I began a dialog with the work of Andy Warhol. Fifty years ago, Andy was a very busy guy in NYC. He was art famous. He was mass producing contemporary art using images he found in the media. He hired a staff to produce his paintings while he created his life as a celebrity.*
In California I had read in the New York Times that Mr. Warhol’s ocean side estate at Montauk, east of New York City was recently sold, so I made a point of driving out to get a feel for the place. Andy found his ocean estate wasn’t as glamorous as NYC and was not on his social calendar much. I took a look around and began painting Andy ‘communications’ from his estate, thinking he would have liked that.” Mel Smothers
* Andy always said he liked the art business best.
DEAR ANDY 2010
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Postcards to Andy Warhol 2007-08
Painting Over an Andy Warhol 2006