Portrait of Seymour H. Knox

Portrait of Seymour H. Knox
Artist Andy Warhol
Year 1985
Medium Acrylics on canvas
Location Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Dimensions 40 x 70 in
101.6 x 177.8 cm

The 1985 portrait of Seymour H. Knox is one of several celebrity portraits that Warhol produced in his multicolored duplicative style. The subject of the portrait was celebrated for his 60 years of service as a member of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. This portrait is reminiscent of his early 1960’s screen print style.

Materials and Technique

The portrait of Seymour H. Knox is done in acrylics on canvas. The technique is similar to his early screen printed style of portraits using duplication and variety of color.

Other Portraits of Celebrities

Andy Warhol also did portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, and of course, his own self portrait. However, the most controversial portrait that he painted was of Mao Zedong.

The Artist

Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a pioneer in what has become known as pop art. He was born August 6, 1928 and died February 22, 1987.

Starting out as a commercial illustrator, Warhol was destined to become a sometimes controversial artist who was renowned for his boldness in joining artistic expression to commercial advertisement and celebrity culture.

Warhol was seriously wounded when shot by Valarie Solanas on June 3, 1968. The shooting is believed to have had been over a lost script of a move Andy Warhol was making. The experience had a deep effect on Warhol’s life and his art for the rest of his life.

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