Andy Warhol: Artistic Talent

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Andrew Warhol born in 1928, known as Andy Warhol, was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who was a leading figure in the visual art movement knows as pop art. At an early age, he showed an artistic talent and studied at the School of Fine Arts at Carnegie Institute of Technology. In 1949, he moved from Pennsylvania to New York City and began a career in magazine illustration and advertising. In the 1950’s, he gained his fame, but during the 1096’s was when his first pop exhibits hit the galleries. Andy Warhol’s first New York solo pop exhibit was held at Eleanor Ward’s Stable Gallery in 1962. The show included the works, Marilyn Diptych, 100 Coke Bottles, 100 Dollar Bills, and 100 Soup Cans. During this time period, Warhol began to create paintings of iconic American Products as well as paintings of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Warhol painted a variety of paintings of the actress Marilyn Monroe after she committed suicide in 1962. He made it his goal to mass-produce his art by producing prints using the silkscreen method. He used a photograph by Gene Korman and painted Marilyn Monroe’s paintings with one color: green, blue, yellow, and turquoise. He then silk-screened her face on top. In this way, he created different styles and depicted many different colors. For this piece of art he expressed his fascination of morbid concepts, except for this piece, the results were astonishingly beautiful.

Andy Warhol had a struggle before he became successful. In the early 1960’s Warhol tried to exhibit some of his artwork, but only to be turned down. In time, he became a very successful career as a commercial illustrator, but after he became famous working as a painter, filmmaker, record producer, author, and public figure. He has also been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. As well as painting, Warhol worked in the areas of photography, drawing, and...
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