Both Andy Warhol and Ivan Jenson are known for having painted the Absolut bottle and both are known for their portraiture of icons of popular culture. Whereas Andy Warhol utilized the silkscreen and a "factory" of assistants to create his flat plains of graphic color, Jenson has chosen to paint his canvasses entirely by his own hand. In this starkly captivating portrait of Warhol, Jenson captures the incandescent charms of a seminal pop artist. Jenson distills Warhol's famous frailty and vulnerability, while also giving him palpable strength. Warhol's mane of hair is spikes of magenta, yellow, red and blue. Warhol's trademark glasses magnify his anxious and weary gaze. Jenson's Warhol is weathered by the New York nightlife. The resonant crimson and magenta of the shirt harken back to a Matisse-like flair and gives this painting warmth. Ivan Jenson encountered Andy Warhol at an Absolut event at the Whitney museum in the late eighties. Jenson showed Andy a photo of his 10 by 10 foot painting, "Man of the Eighties" and Warhol said to Ivan with deadpan enthusiasm, "That's great."
Original on Canvas
Canvas Size: 48" x 60"
Signed: Ivan Jenson
Mansion Art presents an exclusive online offering of forty original works on canvas by contemporary artist, Ivan Jenson. Including portraits of notable artists Van Gogh, Dali, Durer, and Cezanne are featured, among others.
During his rise in New York City during the 80's, his work was featured alongside paintings by the top contemporaries of the time. Selected by Absolut Vodka for their Absolut artist series, Absolut Jenson ads ran internationally during the early 90's.
Jenson paintings are in many important private collection which includes a portrait of the Marlboro Man at the Phillip Morris Corporation and the last commissioned portrait of the late Malcolm Forbes.
Jenson paintings have sold at major auction houses such as Christie's and Butterfields in recent years. In November, 2007 a pen and ink drawing he collaborated on with Keith Haring sold at Christie's New York.