Hailed as the preeminent American artist of the 20th century, Andy Warhol challenged the world to see art differently. To him, Converse sneakers were not only a subject for painting but a canvas as well; customising his own Chuck Taylor sneakers with silk screens in his studio. A visionary and iconoclast, Warhol’s legacy lives on through his artwork and non-profit organisation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
To celebrate the iconic artist, Converse has teamed up with The Andy Warhol Foundation to create a collection of limited edition Chuck Taylor’s. The classic sneakers are given a makeover with a fusion of Warhol’s later work including “Mineola Motorcycle”, “Are You Different?” and “Be a somebody with a body”.
Before his untimely death in 1987, Warhol returned to the newspaper adverts that had informed his paintings of the early 1960s. He created a group of works in 1985 called ‘Ads and Illustrations’ that differed from his photographic screenprints and images of celebrities. During the 1980s the States were still in the midst of the Cold War. Within this context three themes emerge in his paintings: war, death and religion.
Keep an eye out for more exclusive Converse collaborations in the coming months!