Born in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1928, Andy Warhol would become one of the most iconic and well-known artists to come out of the era of pop art throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He became a highly regarded artist who has captured the complete essence pop art and influenced thousands of artists of today’s generation and will continue to influence them well into the future. The most well-known Andy Warhol painting is the “Campbell’s Soup Cans” painting created in 1962.
Andy Warhol also expanded into other mediums of art, such as writing, film making, and performance art. Most of which went on to be highly regarded within the artistic community and even becoming popular in mainstream media. However, his foray into pop art during the colorful 1960s are his most well-known works that are still talked about and critiqued to this day.
However, Andy Warhol didn’t immediately become a famous artist with well-known works. Warhol first attended college and acquired a Bachelors of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. From there, Andy Warhol moved from Pittsburgh to New York City in order to become a commercial print artist.
During his time in New York City, Warhol worked for Glamour, where he started to fine tune his unique approach to art. It was during his time with the women’s magazine that his wonderfully fantastic and eye-catching artwork started to garner him many awards in the industry and make himself a name of being an artist whose unique approach with blotted line paper and stamps that were different from the more traditional prints of the time truly resonated with the culture of the changing times.
It would also be during this time that Andy Warhol began dabbling in painting, helping usher in the movement of pop art by incorporating his commercial art skill to the modern art scene. In 1962, he debuted his famous and iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans piece and began his career as a professional artist and socialite in the pop art movement.
Moving into the late 1960s and into the 1970s, Andy Warhol started publishing art books. His first being Andy Warhol’s Index in 1967, which then expanded into artistic renditions of his unique style in film form. He would go on to make well over sixty films, all of them wildly different, but his famous ones depicted a man eating for 45 minutes and another sleeping for six hours.
Regardless, Andy Warhol is most known for his prints and paintings of products like soup cans and hamburgers as well as famous celebrities in the pop art form such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Elvis Presley. The pop art movement which Andy Warhol help bring to the mainstream spotlight was both criticized and praised, just as Warhol’s life was viewed with both scrutiny and respect. No matter what anyone might think, his work has become iconic and highly sought after because of his wildly unique style that many artists have tried to emulate.