Food on Canvas

What are you eating today while you’re isolated at home? Have you ever tried Campbell’s soup? If yes, what is your favorite flavor?
Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans was first created as a series of 32 canvases in 1962 and became one of the most famous works of Andy Warhol. Each canvas represented one of the flavors of Campbell’s soup sold during the post-war boom in high-production domestic goods. This iconic set of work made a huge impact on Pop Art movement in 1960s.

The inspiration behind Campbell Soup Cans came from Warhol’s daily life. Speaking about the series, Warhol said, “I used to have the same lunch of Campbell’s soup and a sandwich every day, for twenty years. The same thing over and over again.” said Warhol.

When the set of 32 canvases was first exhibited, they were displayed together like products at a grocery store shelf. Later, the screen print portfolios Campbell’s Soup Cans I and Campbell’s Soup Cans II were created in 1968 and 1969 with silkscreen printing method. With this Campbell’s Soup Can, Warhol succeeded in elevating an everyday item to an iconic symbol of Pop Art.

What about you? Do you think you could, like Warhol, be inspired to create art about everyday items? Why not get creative at home? Your next lunch or dinner could become “world famous for 15 minutes” on social media!

Let's join the campaign #WarholandI by creating artwork inspired by Warhol. Post them on Facebook or Instagram. You might be a lucky fan to get a complimentary ticket. Join it now until 31 July. Selected works will be announced on Facebook and Instagram: River City Bangkok.