An Ode to Warhol
Posted on August 05 2016
Eighty-eight years ago on 6th August, Andy Warhol was born in Pennsylvania, USA.
The pop-art icon passed away in 1987, but his legacy lives on as one of the most prolific and popular artists of his time.
Prior to finding fame Warhol was one of the most successful commercial artists of the 1950s, winning frequent awards for his uniquely whimsical style, using his own blotted line technique and rubber stamps to create his drawings.
In the late 1950s, Warhol started to devote his time and talents to painting. In 1961, he debuted the concept of "pop art" - paintings based on advertisements and mass-produced consumer goods. In 1962, he exhibited the now-iconic paintings of Campbell's soup cans. These small canvas works of everyday consumer products created a major stir in the art world, bringing both Warhol and pop art into the spotlight.
A leader of the pop art movement, Warhol was also famous for his celebrity portraits of stars like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Elvis Presley. His portrait "Eight Elvises" sold for $100 million in 2008, making it one of the most valuable paintings in history.
His art crossed several mediums from hand drawing to painting to printmaking to photography to silk screening, sculpture, film, and music and was a pioneer of computer-generated art.
Warhol was famous for saying "everyone will be famous for 15 minutes" - coining the phrase "fifteen minutes of fame".
Other famous Andy Warhol quotes we love:
"Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches."
"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
"My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat - manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing."