Andy Warhol Biography
Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on August 6th 1928. His original name was Andrew Warhola. He studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology from 1945 to 1949, before moving to New York where he worked as a commercial artist.
In 1952 his drawings were exhibited at the Hugo gallery and was the first one-man show. Around this time, he published some books of reprints of his own art from the years 1945-49, six in all. In 1957 he was awarded the Art Director’s club award for a shoe advertisement.
In the 60’s he started to make paintings echoing the style of newspaper titles and pages, advertisements and other images that were in mass production. He started using silkscreen printing to create images of icons such as Coca Cola bottles, Campbell’s soup cans, dollar bills, Marilyn Munroe, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy. Which moved on to car crashes, flowers and the electric chair. Some were made of layers of the same print in different colours to give different effects.
He was imaginative to say the least. In 1963 he made his first film and moved into experimental film making. Some of his films were Sleep, Chelsea Girls, Lonesome Cowboys and Trash. He also managed and produced a band called The Velvet Underground, the band had a rock image that influenced the creation of punk rock. Andy Warhol was shot and nearly killed in 1968.
The name Andy Warhol is probably best known for his pop art with work crossing between celebrity culture, artistic impression and advertising. He worked with many media including screen printing, photography, sculpture, film and music as well