Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tomate sur TOMATES

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard, #1747 x 5'' - 2009

The next three paintings are all inspired by Andy Warhol. Warhol's first solo exhibition took place at the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, during the summer of 1962. The show comprised of 32 paintings of all the varieties of Campbell's Soup cans sold by the company at the time. When asked why he painted them, he replied that he had eaten Campbell's soup for lunch for the last 20 years. On May 9, 2006, Small Torn Campbell's Soup Can (Pepper Pot) - 20 x 16'', 1962 was sold at a Christie's auction to Gagosian Gallery for a whopping $11 776 000 (incl. buyers premiums)- click here.

Last week, as I was doing the grocery shopping, I notice a display case in the store that boosted more than 60 varieties of Campbell Soup Cans.

Campbell's Soups have been around since 1869, and the famous font lettering on red with the gold seal from the 1900 Paris Exhibition as been around for more than a century. Classic design are all in fashion. In 1968, Campbell's introduced the mail-in offer of the groovy Souper Dress , which could be bought for $1 and two labels.
Part of my solo show- Near & Far - October 16-30, 2009.


  1. I like where you put your signature ;-)

  2. As always Alvin incredible work...I can't belive in only a 7 x 5...yikes!

    Best wishes for a successful show!


  3. Well, Alvin, I have not been on your blog for far too long! All these paintings for your solo show are truly amazing... you make it look easy, but that is because you are so talented - no, you are GIFTED to paint. I wish you every success in this show. You certainly deserve it.

  4. Thanks Carol. When a piece is this have to improvise, lol!
    Thanks Jeffrey & Joanne for the warm wishes. Things is already going very well in preview mode.

  5. The reds are just amazing in this one, Alvin!

    Makes me want some soup!