Karen Bystedt x Trew Love "Warhol & His Great Dane 'Cecil’" The Lost Warhols Collection

Karen Bystedt x Trew Love "Warhol & His Great Dane 'Cecil’" The Lost Warhols Collection

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Karen Bystedt and Trew Love "Warhol & His Great Dane 'Cecil’" 2021
Collaboration with artists Karen Bystedt (Photography) and Trew Love (Artwork)

Mixed Media, Original Photograph on Canvas with Gold Leaf Paint and Acrylic.
Dimensions 40 x 48in 
Signed by both artists and includes certificate of authenticity.

At 18, Trew took her classical art training into her first creative job as a makeup artist. This path lead her to Los Angeles where her makeup career came to life. Working both on top models backstage at New York Fashion Week for Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Philip Lim and everyday women alike, Trew refined her skill and learned of her deep passion for making women feel beautiful. Trew’s dream of merging her love for connection, art and makeup seeded the inspiration for “Trew Basics”, an illustrated makeup tutorial book. In 2014, the lure of the art world pulled Trew back to the canvas and into the pop art world. Her first collection, “Pop Life” was shown across the country alongside artists including Blek le Rat, Sheperd Fairey, Ben Eine, Risk, and Gregory Siff. In 2017, Trew was captivated by the political upheaval of the time and joined Revolution LA, an activist group in Los Angeles. Through her participation, she opened her world to the pains of communities less fortunate and realized that her roll as an artist extends beyond making simply beautiful art. She wanted to deepen her creations to have a lasting impact as well. Trew’s experience in activism fused with her pop art techniques birthed the concept for “Sugar Coated”- an art-meets-community-engagement platform who’s mission is to raise awareness about serious social and political issues in a fun and approachable fashion. In 2020, as the world shut down, Trew dove into yet a new arena developing adult cartoons that spin a light hearted yet dark and edgy take on some of the most challenging issues that we, as a human family, face today.


Karen Bystedt is an internationally acclaimed, highly prolific photographer and mixed media artist currently based in Miami, Florida. She has published four photography books including Not Just Another Pretty Face (NAL, 1983), The New Breed (HOLT, 1989), Before They Were Famous (GPG, 1994) and They Dared To Dream (OSLO PROD, 1998). She has photographed film stars and rock and roll icons such as Slash, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore, Eddie Van Halen, and Jon Bon Jovi. Her work is exhibited in museums across the globe including The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, and The Armenian Museum of Modern Art., and her images have appeared in dozens of publications including Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Connoisseur Magazine, The Peninsula Magazine, Fabrik Magazine, InStyle and People. Her work has been exhibited and sold at Art Basel at Scope, Red Dot, Art Houston, LA Art Fair, Art Hamptons, and at Port Authority in NYC.

In 1983, Karen Bystedt, then a young film student, cold-called Andy Warhol at Interview Magazine and asked him to pose for her book-in-progress featuring the era’s top male models. She had come across an image of the legendary artist modeling for Barney’s and hoped to capture the icon in this unique context. Warhol asked Bystedt whom else she intended to include in this book, upon hearing her answers, he swiftly agreed to join the fold. The resulting images materialize a rare and remarkable sense of vulnerability; in this portrait session, Bystedt captures a soft and submissive Warhol, a man who spoke much of beauty, and its essential mystery, and as is suggested in his rigid pose, his bewildering gaze, and simply, his participation in her project, seemingly so wanted to be seen as beautiful himself.

Bystedt included two of the thirty-six photos shot that afternoon in her book "Not Just Another Pretty Face" published by NAL, and placed the negatives in storage, where they lived untouched for twenty-five years. In 2011, Bystedt felt compelled to revisit her representations of Andy and unearth the images captured that afternoon. She was able to locate ten of her original negatives, yet time and its offspring, reality, had taken its toll on her spellbinding photographs. She dedicated the preceding four months to restoring her Andy, pixel-by-pixel, infusing new life, breath by breath, into her images. 

Over the last ten years, this canon has developed and expanded; the work is definitively diverse, representing an eclectic array of artistic identities, thus promoting inclusion whilst positioning the artwork in the realm of the accessible with which Warhol himself toyed. The Lost Warhols live as a testament to the intrinsic value of eclecticism in visual perspective, honoring individuality in interpretation, and allowing the self to shine in position as part of a greater whole. 

Works from The Lost Warhol collection are featured in The Andy Warhol Museum, MoMA Olso, Hearst Tower, and many other museums and private collections around the world. They have been auctioned in benefits for AMFAR, Gods Love We Deliver, and recently featured at Red Dot Art Fair for Art Basel Miami 2022.

The Lost Warhols collection has been featured in countless magazines and newspapers, including Vogue, The Times, W Magazine, Architectural Digest, Interview Magazine. NY Post, WWD, LA Weekly and The Huffington Post, among many other international publications.

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