BBDO NY Baits Master Painters for Lowe’s

By Erik Oster 

BBDO New York launched a new campaign for Lowe’s, timed to coincide with spring cleaning and painting season and announce the arrival of HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams.

The rollout marks the first time Sherwin Williams will be sold outside its own stores in the company’s forty year history. To illustrate that “The most legendary name in paint is now at Lowe’s,” BBDO New York made the announcement in front of several famous historical painters: Andy Warhol, Bob Ross, Vincent Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci.


The agency’s portrayal of Warhol is the best of the bunch, as the Pop Art maestro asks, “It’s me isn’t it?” and then when he finds out it isn’t decides “I must paint him” and is (appropriately enough) undeterred to learn it is actually a can of paint. Other 15-second spots provide a typically cartoonish version of Van Gogh (complete with oversized ear bandage) and Leonardo, and a mild-mannered Ross who tries to hide his disappoint at not being “the most legendary name in paint” right after objecting to the label.

Here’s Vincent:

It’s a memorable way to introduce the product roll-out, with the comical portrayal of Warhol especially winsome, and each spot makes its point with welcome brevity. The spots will broadcast through September, as well as running on Lowe’s social media channels.


Agency: BBDO NY
Client: Lowe’s

Chief Creative Officer, Worldwide: David Lubars
Chief Creative Officer, NY: Greg Hahn
Executive Creative Director: Lauren Connolly
Executive Creative Director: Tim Bayne
Creative Director: Molly Adler
Creative Director: Mike Sweeney
ACD / Copywriter: Matthew Page
ACD / Art Director: Carolyn Davis
Executive Producer: Ashley Henderson
Producer: Alexander Loubek
Senior Director: Jim Reath
Account Director: Andrew DeBenedictis
Account Director: Heather Linde
Account Executive: Karen Madera

Production Company:Anonymous Content
Directo: Joachim Back
Director of Photography: Pawel Edelman
Line Producer: Tim Kerrison

Editorial: Dave Anderson / Arcade Edit
Sound Mix: Peter Holcomb / Sound Lounge
Color Correct: Tim Masick / Company 3
Animation: Sibling Rivalry
Finishing: Spontaneous