As an artist with a healthy dose of scepticism, I've always been a bit suspicious of the art world and the celebrities it celebrates. Take Andy Warhol, for example. He's like the Kim Kardashian of the art world, except instead of taking selfies, he mass-produces soup cans and charges more for them than most people will make in a lifetime.
But don't get me wrong, I'm not denying that Warhol was talented. It's just that I can't help but feel like the hype surrounding him is more about his fame and marketability than the actual quality of his work.
So in my own art, I like to take a more tongue-in-cheek approach. I'll mimic some of his famous pieces and then add in some funny quips or aggressive language just to shake things up. It's a way for me to poke fun at the elitism of the art world and the hype surrounding certain artists.
I think it's important for viewers to be a little more critical of what they enjoy and to question why they enjoy it. We should be examining the worth of an artist's work, not just blindly accepting their fame and success.
And sometimes, I'll even slap Warhol's name on my own creations and see if they suddenly become worth more just because of the association. It's a way to comment on the superficial nature of the art world and the ridiculous prices some artists' work commands.
So next time you're admiring a piece of art, ask yourself: is this really worth all the hype? Is this artist truly deserving of their fame and fortune, or are they just another victim of the art world's obsession with celebrity and marketability?