Andy Warhol is a revolutionary American artist who influenced society with his personality and public statements just as much as he did with his art. He was one of the key figures in the pop art movement, and his works have garnered some of the highest auction appraisals in not only Palm Beach, but the rest of the world as well. Here is a brief overview of what made Andy Warhol such an important person in the art community.
Forming a Passion
Andy was born in Pittsburgh in 1928 and showed early signs of intellect and creativity. As a child, he developed a nervous disorder which encouraged his desire to stay home for large periods of time, during which he would often read and listen to the current ongoings of the American pop culture scene.
Andy then went on to graduate high school early at the age of 16 and enrolled in the pictorial design program at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Upon graduating, Andy moved to New York and began his career as a successful commercial illustrator. During his time as a commercial illustrator, Andy created many local advertisements, some of which earned him awards and began gaining him some local notoriety.
Becoming an Artist
It was in the early 1950s that Andy decided to attempt being an artist full time, and began producing pieces in the forms of paintings and drawings. By 1960, Andy had started experimenting with his art more by creating paintings that included the use of comic strips, which marked his official development into the world of pop art.
His process was an unusual one which involved using a projector to project an enlarged image onto a blank canvas, which Andy would then trace directly onto the canvas and paint in afterward. It was with this process that he created his famous Campbell’s Soup Can images.
Andy would later go on to attempt his hand at the silkscreening process. He found success in this field, creating many different pieces in only a few years. His beginning silkscreen works featured images of common consumer goods such as dollar bills or shipping labels, but his later silkscreen projects centered around images that were meant to shock the viewer.
Andy took some time off from his usual art in the ’60s’70s 70’s where he focused on filmmaking, music management, and writing. He would later return to painting in the late ’70s, which he continued to do until his death in 1987.
Andy Warhol experimented with many different styles throughout many different mediums in his artistic career. However, one thing that remained prominent in his works is the presence of pop culture imagery, often used in a critical or experimental way.