Andrew Warhola, born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had noticeable artistic talents at a young age. He later received proper graphic design and illustration training at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, becoming the first member of his working-class family to receive a college education. After graduating in 1949, Warhol set off to New York City, aspiring to become a successful commercial artist. Warhol was given a commission by the artistic director of Glamour magazine to design woman's shoes, which soon led to his new persona as a New York designer and the birth of 'Andy Warhol' that had originated from a typo. Warhol was a passionate man with developing obsessions with Truman Capote, shoes, and celebrities. These interests kept his work fresh and constantly changing.
Ink and dye on paper
|Campbell's Soup Can (Pepper Pot), 1962|
Casein and pencil on linen
|Blue Marilyn, 1962|
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
Acrylic, silkscreen ink and pencil on linen
Andy Warhol intrigues me because he is one of the most written about artists, and for good reason. Warhol successfully hid himself in his art, or rather, his art became his identity -- constantly changing. People wondered about the "real" Warhol, and thus, he was able to constantly mask his identity and remain mysterious even after being in the spotlight for so long. Warhol created not only multiple personas, but an entire artistic revolution of pop art and iconic images of American culture that lasted, even when Warhol moved on. Warhol is truly inspiring with his motivated mannerisms as well as his philosophy on artistic identity.
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