Artwork by young Andy Warhol on display at Bristol gallery
AN Andy Warhol portrait believed to be the artist's earliest surviving pop art portrait is going on show for the first time today at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol.
The recently-discovered pencil portrait, below, of American singer Rudy Vallee is believed to have been made by the artist at the age of 11 while he was bedridden with chorea.
It has been drawn on a piece of paper and is full of the pop art motifs associated with Warhol such as the signature bright red lips, and pop art blocked background which is coloured with felt-tip pens.
Trystan Hawkins, director of the RWA, said: "Warhol's work is known the world over, and represents a seismic shift in the history of art. With the benefit of hindsight, viewing this portrait allows us to see the beginnings of one of the greatest art movements."
The portrait is on display as part of an exhibition to celebrate Avon and Somerset Constabulary's Clean Slate Art Competition which was set up as part of the police's youth engagement work. The show includes 36 pieces by young people aged 13–19 which were selected from five district exhibitions by a panel of judges.
Chief Constable Colin Port said: "Young people are our future and I am keen to seize any opportunity that helps us (the police) continue to strengthen our relationship with them."