Drella -Croix- and the Warhol Connection

Painting-photography, hand printed silk screen, collage, ready made- photomontage-short movies and music Art dealing with the life and art of Andy Warhol with a humorous and ironic approach. (Andy’s nickname was Drella = he was a Dracula during the day and a Cinderella at night) And Thomas Dellert synonyme is Dellacroix and also Dollar a name given to Thomas by Warhol in 1980

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ANDY WARHOL DRELLA

"Warhol—a pale, oracular ghost—looms as a spiritual father of this media-saturated age.”
—The Economist

“Warhol didn’t make a mark on American culture. He became the instrument with which American culture designated itself.”
—The New Yorker

“Andy is in the air we breathe. Among the most revolutionary artists who ever lived, Warhol (was) an artist in a state of creative grace feeding on, mirroring, doubling, and actually changing the culture he pictured.
—New York Magazine

Thomas Dellert or Tommy Dollar a true Warholian (The name given to him by Andy Warhol )

Article and critic by Jonas Stampe Curator, Art critic and Professor in Art

Thomas Dellert Dellacroix ( born Thomas Dellert-Bergh ) got to know Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring in New York, and became friend with Andy Warhol who gave him in the early 1980’s the nickname “Tommy Dollar “ because of his fascination for everything of American value. The artistic exchange was mutual. After Basquiat had visited the exhibition of Thomas at the Lucky Strike Gallery close to St Marks Place in New York, he let himself be inspired by Thomas’ way of stretching his canvases with ropes and wood frames that crossed each other in corners. That became one of Basquiat’s trademarks. Warhol got influenced by Thomas’ silk-screens with camouflage patterns… On the other side Thomas’ visual language has been strongly stimulated by both Pop Art, French New Realism and Dada, but his pictures are much deeper both in its content and a composition. His works represent “Think for yourself” attitude rather than “You get what you see”. Both, the formal Pop and the materialistic Neo-dada is moved further and is given a conceptual meaning beyond the media.

It is not the stereotype of Marilyn Monroe that Dellacroix is using as his inspiration. It is not some glamorous millionaire that he paints with flashy colors, like in his “We are all Queens” (1982) but an imprisoned Ulrike Meinhof with her arms stretched over her head, sawn together with Queen Silvia of Sweden. The difference is decisive. Here, you won’t find any of that flat unemotional and backward resting attitude that you usually find in so many American pop and neo-pop artists of today. No, Dellacroix is not only with his time, and he even goes further. He raises the already flashy color a few steps and applies it masterly on motives that forces us to reflection. Hi gives the color a meaning which goes beyond the decorative effect we know so well from Warhol. It becomes even more compelling in the work “Heroes of Tomorrow,” 1979 based on the German Wanted Dead or Alive poster depicting the members of the Red Army Fraction: Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin. The terrorists, staring out towards the observer are not frightening and in black and white, but painted in flashy colors like if they where Rock Stars. The criticism against the Mickey Mouse –like, common pop art images is strong and effective. The heroes of tomorrow in this picture are in a complete opposition to the heroes of the American glamour world, who had to pay a lot of money to be portrayed by Warhol.

To discover an artist like Thomas Dellacroix is not only exiting but also surprising. Yes, it is unbelievable that this Swedish artist has not yet been more appreciated in his homeland. The Swedish black hole is frightening. When he writes about his fascination for “the gap between the fame and misfortune” I immediately think about his own artistry as well as many other artists that did not get discovered. To pass by an artist like Dellacroix is difficult. It’s completely clear that he is one of the most interesting Swedish artists we have today and will probably become, like Fahlström, one of the most recognized Swedes on the international art scene. Not only because his works touch us, are expressive or because they talk about our time and future, but mostly because they reflect the courage that carries art and life forward. The Courage to express the frustration of the little man tossed around on the arena of indifference.

THE SONG ABOUT WARHOL BY THOMAS DELLERT TOMMY DOLLAR
The Andy Year 2019

ANDY DANDY

Words Tommy Dollar 2019

Dollars, Coke, and Campbell’s cans aren’t we all true Warhol fans

Elvis, Monroe Liz and Jackie  all were muses weren’t they lucky

Glamour diamonds made of plastic  being famous is fantastic

A.N.D.Y D.A.N.D.Y       A.N.D.Y D.A.N.D.Y

In his Factory of dreams  nothing’s really what it seams

Fantasies where turned to gold  Images where bought and sold

Fifteen minutes of world fame  and you never be the same

A.N.D.Y D.A.N.D.Y      A.N.D.Y D.A.N.D.Y

In the Chelsea Hotel the sex was as hard
as living in the city

Ziggy Stardust , Candy Darling  Edie Sedgwick
O’ Soo pretty

Brigid Berlin, Diane Brill, and  Billy Name,
all where looking for their fame

Paul America, Tommy Dollar and Penny Arcade ,

all  where smiling , hoping to be made

 A.N.D.Y D.A.N.D.Y      A.N.D.Y D.A.N.D.Y

(Rap Section)
The lights went on for Warhol’s Show
Everyone a Marilyn Monroe
From A to B and back again,
all glamour girls where really men
The cameras they where on forever
the stars they knew its now or never

 A.N.D.Y D.A.N.D.Y      A.N.D.Y D.A.N.D.Y

There was Velvet Underground  with there psychedelic sound

Viva, Nico, Ultra Violet  and Lou Reed the spaceship’s pilot

Sex and drugs and loads of fun  then Valerie brought out here gun

  
Death was knocking on his door  the show went on at 54

Bianca, Liza, Steve Rubell  Heaven’s angel’s sang in hell

Disco dance the night away  Andy Warhol’s here to stay

 A.N.D.Y D.A.N.D.Y      A.N.D.Y D.A.N.D.Y