Andy Warhol Art is Provocative and Iconic

Story of Andy Warhol Pop Art
When looking back at the Andy Warhol Art produced after his commercial success in the 1950s one would have to consider each stage for its differences. He was first a commercial artist for the glamor magazines in New York City and made a very good income from that work. He started with nothing there and worked up to a status as a sought after commercial artist making $50,000 a year which was considered extremely good at the time.

Soup Cans and Brillo Boxes
His commercial art achievements were not enough to make him happy, he wanted to become a creative artist with big name gallery recognition. The well known subject matter he is famous for today such as Campbell Soup cans, Brillo boxes and Marilyn Monroe did not come to him right away. One thing he kept in mind was a desire to shock his audience.

Wearing a Mask
The start of the Pop Art movement was also a turning point in Warhol’s behavior. He started appearing cool and withdrawn, for example he would wear a sequined mask when meeting visitors at his home-studio and play loud music or have the television volume turned way up. Pop art was just coming into vogue and names like Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg all used subject matter from popular culture. Andy wanted to be part of this group represented by a gallery but his cartoon images from that period were rejected. He would wear his friends down with the constant question about the perfect subject matter: “What should I paint?”

The $50 Andy Warhol Art Question
One night at a party he asked the question to an art consultant she answered that she would tell him what to paint if he would pay her fifty dollars. He pulled out his check book right away. She said “You like money. You should paint that. And you should paint something that everybody sees every day... like cans of soup.” He wrote the check and art history was soon to be made.

Silkscreen Pop Art Paintings
Andy Warhol began to paint cans of Campbell’s Soup and a short time later he was offered a show in a California art gallery. Then he developed a way to paint the dollar bills quicker by using a silk screening process. He could “paint” pictures of a large dollar bill in just a few minutes in an easy to repeat process. The Andy Warhol art that eventually became very popular such as Elvis Presley, Natalie Wood, and Warren Beatty began to be made using the silk screen process to produce hundreds of identical paintings.

Marilyn Monroe Dies
After Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 he began producing her portrait based on a publicity photo over and over again. Her death was front page news and a huge story which helped his fame grow.

Other Andy Warhol Art Pages of Interest

Andy Warhol Artwork
The Andy Warhol Artwork most famous was Pop Art, the popular objects like Campbell's Soup Cans and Brillo Boxes found in everyday life and products in the mass media.

Andy Warhol Pictures
The Andy Warhol pictures most famous were portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor, Elvis and other celebrities that started as Polaroids.

Andy Warhol Bio
The Andy Warhol Bio tells of his mother, Truman Capote, how he died, and Pop Art.

Andy Warhol Shoes
Overview of how Andy Warhol shoes influenced his rise to fame and controversy.

Andy Warhol Quotes
The Andy Warhol Quotes on this page help give insight to man famous for wanting to be famous.

Andy Warhol Soup Can
The Andy Warhol Soup Can is probably his best known artwork. He produced thousands of silkscreen art prints including portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Pop Art paintings of Campbell Tomato Soup.

Andy Warhol Self Portraits
Most Andy Warhol Self Portraits reveal little but say a lot

Andy Warhol Biography
An Andy Warhol Biography listing major events in the artist's life.

Andy Warhol Self Portrait
An Andy Warhol Self Portrait reveals little; shows a lot of his Pop Art style.

Andy Warhol Pop Art
Andy Warhol Pop Art was not his original idea; he wanted to belong and then he became the name and human symbol of the movement.

Andy Warhol Prints
Andy Warhol prints of Campbell's Soup, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley helped form the Pop Art movement in the 1960s.

Doug Dourgarian Art Gallery
The Doug Dourgarian art gallery on line of shoe art, landscapes, New York City art prints, and California wine art.

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