Paul Stephenson

Born: London (1976)
Lives and works: London
Education: Syracuse University, NYC
Exhibitions: Buy Art Fair (2017), Trinity House (2017)
“I like the idea of turning the art world upside down, I think Andy liked it too.”

Paul Stephenson | After Warhol | 2020

Researching and recreating the practices first established by Andy Warhol, London-based artist Paul has dedicated the last decade to creating After Warhol. Created using the Pop Art founder's original acetate, his newest release recreates Warhol's iconic Cow series. 

‘These one-off/unique colourways came about quite organically as part of following Andy Warhol’s process. He experimented with making multiple “colourways“, he talked about people getting a Warhol that would match the drapes/curtains. Making unique one-off colours felt like a natural progression of that Warholian idea.’

‘The process for making these unique colour involves hand painting the background colours. Even using the same pigments and same brand of paint that Warhol used. The end result is exactly what you would see on a Warhol painting hanging in the Tate retrospective right now.’


Rarely has such a faithful rendering of an artist’s methodology been established with the rigour and diligence that we see in After Warhol. Paul Stephenson’s odyssey into the world of Warhol began in 2010 when he purchased a collection of the artist’s original acetates. His ensuing collection – created in collaboration with one of Warhol’s original master printers, Alexander Heinrici – has been lauded both by the BBC and VICE Magazine.

When asked about the debate surrounding the authorship of these works, Paul says: “I like the idea of turning the art world upside down, I think Andy liked it too.” Quite so; Warhol was known for subverting accepted practices and challenging the old guard stance taken by the art world. He was unashamedly open about his hands-off approach, often not engaging with his art beyond the initial stage of working with the acetates directly. Such was his candour, he named his studio ‘The Factory’. There, others would print the pieces for him, and famously even sign art on his behalf. Warhol was quoted as saying: ‘I want other people to make my paintings … I think somebody should be able to do all my paintings for me.’   

Arguably, Paul feels more strongly invested in replicating each stage of Warhol’s practice with unwavering conviction than the artist himself would have deemed necessary. From travelling far and wide to source the same canvases and pigments for After Warhol and working alongside Alexander Heinrici. Paul’s efforts were rewarded when the world’s leading Warholian authority, Professor Rainer Crone stated: ‘These are fantastic, they are in Warhol’s concept… In my expertise [sic] opinion paintings made with these film positives under described circumstances and executed posthumously by professionals (scholars as well as painters) are authentic Andy Warhol paintings.’

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Inside the world of Paul Stephenson

Journeying between his home in London and the busy streets of New York has become the norm for Paul, as he has spent the last decade working with one of Andy Warhol’s own master printers to turn his original acetates (film positives) into ‘posthumous Warhols’, as identified by leading Warholian expert Rainer Crone.

Infamous for his own appropriation and repurposing of iconic images, we can only speculate that the Pop Art founder would approve of Paul’s works, which have been created using the same technique and materials. In his quest for authenticity, Paul tracked down the paints – some dating back to the 70s and 80s – that Warhol used to a little shop in London (rumoured to be Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for the Ollivanders wand shop).

Alongside Alexander Heinrici, Paul has brought Warhol’s original acetates to life. Bought at an auction in London and authenticated by the Andy Warhol Museum, these items are the last materials to have been worked on by Warhol by hand before the mechanical process of silkscreen printing began. Faithfully following Warhol’s method, Paul blew up the original acetate before transferring the image to a larger canvas and using a squeegee to press the inks through a screen. You can find out more about the silkscreen printing process here.

Upcoming events

Paul Stephenson | Artist Appearance

We are delighted to invite you to meet Paul at selected galleries in January as he continues his After Warhol journey. From his exceptional subject knowledge, to the many memorable anecdotes about people he’s met along the way, his is a tale that has to be heard from the man himself. 

From the blog

Not just wallpaper: Andy Warhol's Cow series by Paul Stephenson

This is your chance to own a piece of Pop Art history. Warhol's iconic graphic originally has hung in the Tate and the Museum of Modern Art - now it could hang in your home!

Paul Stephenson | After Warhol: Uniques | 2021

There are few images more iconic than Andy Warhol's legendary rendering of the style icon Jackie O. For his latest collection, Paul has created a series of unique silkscreens using the Pop Art founder's original acetate.

Magazines and brochures

Paul Stephenson | After Warhol 2021

Andy Warhol's Cow series has become one of the Pop Art founder's most iconic and instantly recognisable editions. Now, for the first time in history, the graphic has been meticulously recreated by London-based artist Paul Stephenson, who used Warhol’s original acetates.

Paul Stephenson | After Warhol: Uniques

Featuring the legendary Jackie Onassis in different silkscreen colourways, these one-off artworks were created using Warhol's original acetates!

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