Cowboys and Indians by Andy Warhol.
Recently I saw some work by Andy Warhol at the Haycoln Gallery on Bond Street, London. Warhol's work is so iconic and was groundbreaking at the time when he produced it, however even though I have an interest in Fine art, I had never looked at any of his work in person.
I absolutely loved his Cowboys and Indians collection of prints which where displayed in a grid on large wall at the back of the gallery. Each piece was around a metre square which left quite an impression because of their grand scale together. From a distance the prints looked like colourful prices with a clear structure and bold segments of colour, but up close, there was a beautiful intricacy with fine lines and textures that just aren't visible until you get right up close to the prints.
On the portraits, I especially loved the fine lines running throughout - each of which contained a rather beautiful, contrasting gradient. It was a great source of inspiration as a graphic designer. Lines changed from blue to green to red as they ran across the piece and are fascinating to follow. Textures also featured heavily throughout and added another layer to the prints. A lot of the lines had a crayon-like rough texture that really added to the large, flat plains of colour.
The prints all had very strong compositions and conveyed a vast sense of emotion. The layouts were well thought out and the characters told a story through the looks on their faces. Looking at photos of the prints online, just isn't the same as seeing them in real life. In person, they have an fine detail and intricacy to them which you can't make out over the Internet. The colours really pop and the scale adds a whole new dimension.
As I looked further around the gallery, it became clear to me why Warhol's work is so widely loved around the world.