How to Print Like Warhol

Discover how artist Andy Warhol made his colourful and iconic silkscreen prints.

From Brillo boxes and black bean soup to portraits of films stars, Andy Warhol is famous for his bright and bold paintings and prints that celebrate 1960s popular culture. This style of art is called pop art.

Printmaking appealed to Warhol as it allowed him to repeat a basic image and create endless variations of it by using different colours or sometimes adding paint to the printed surface.

Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?
Andy Warhol

In 1972, Warhol made a series of screenprints of Chairman Mao, the leader of communist China. Mao may seem an unlikely celebrity, but in the early 1970s America’s president, Richard Nixon, visited Beijing and Mao’s portrait was everywhere – making him something of a contemporary icon. Warhol used a photograph from the cover of the Little Red Book (a book of quotations by Chairman Mao) as the starting point for his portrait.

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29 Replies to “How to Print Like Warhol”

  1. I am a printer and also teach screenprinting. I saw a Warhol print up close quite recently and hadn't previously realised he used halftones, so was interested in how he created those – at least, at that particular time (easy to do now). You sort of skipped over that bit though! 🙂

    Enjoyable video regardless and great to see the process of screenprinting elegantly explained.

  2. For art we did prints using linoleum blocks or something and it was such a nerve racing but fun experience:) Andy is one of my inspirations and it was so fun printing

  3. Quite a set up you have got there but i'm not sure how anyone could follow this tutorial to "Print like Warhol" without access to tens of thousands of pounds worth of high quality equipment and materials.

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