Monday, November 8, 2010

Oh so Dandy

Top row (left to right): Self-portrait in 1986, Screen print of Mickey Mouse done in 1981, Screen print of Marilyn Monroe done in the 1960s.
Bottom row (left to right): Campbells soup (he used it from Early 60s to mid-70s and throughout his career since it's what made him famous), Mao Zedong silk- screen printed in 1973.

I'm sure some of you, if not all of you, are somewhat aware of Mr. Warhol's works. Andrew Warhola, most commonly known as Andy Warhol, was American Pop Artist most known for his painting of Campbell's Soup cans.

Several facts about the pop artist:

  • Originally from Czechoslovakia but born and raised in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
  • Warhol was shot three times in 1968 by Valerie Solanas, Warhol was producing a play she was writing, and she claims that the reason she shot him was because he had "too much control" over her and that Warhol was planning to steal her work, after he had lost her script.
  • Warhol used the Silk screen printing method to speed up the process of creating art, one of the best known examples could be the portrait of Mao (as seen above).
  • Warhol produced the underground rock band, The Velvet Underground, and even painted the cover of their first album.
  • Warhol's studio was named The Factory.
  • Warhol had an interesting sense of style; he wore silver wigs and eventually dyed his hair silver. After having been told he had lazy eyes, he wore opaque glasses that had a tiny pinhole for him to see through.
  • He was described as a "workaholic" like most artists.
  • Warhol passed away after a routine gall bladder surgery in 1987. 

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