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Have you ever looked at a can of soup and thought of art? How about a sandwich or a banana? Well when Andy Warhaol looked at these everyday objects he thought that they could be turned into something wonderful and he was right! Explore Andy Warhol and pop art and try your hand at making everyday objects a work of art.

What is Andy known for? 

  • Known as the Prince of Pop Art
  • Turned a soup can into a museum treasure
  • His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising
  • He coined the expression 15 minutes of fame

 

What is Pop Art?

Pop art is an art movement that emerged during the mid- to late-1950s.

The style of art is based on simple, bold images of everyday items, such as soup cans, painted in bright colors. Pop artists created pictures of consumer product labels and packaging, photos of celebrities, comic strips, and animals.

  • Warhol was born on August 6, 1928, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
  • His given name was Andrew Warhola
  • His Parents were immigrants from Slovakia.
  • When he was 8 he developed a neurological disorder called Sydenham Chorea, which left him bedridden. It was during this time that he discovered his love of art.
  • He became a fan of photography when his mother bought him a camera at age 9.

Photos from Andy’s childhood.

Mediums Used 

He utilized a variety of media, including painting, silk-screening, photography, film, and sculpture.

From Ross’ Air Force days.

Trademark “Blotted-Ink” Style

 

Original blotted ink style advertisement done by Andy.

Macintosh Logo, 1985

 

Andy first exhibited the famous Campbell’s Soup Cans in 1962. The canvases were displayed together as a set. At the time, Campbell’s sold 32 soup varieties; each one of Warhol’s 32 canvases corresponds to a different flavor.

Portrait of Seymour H. Knox, 1985
Acrylics on canvas

Andy shopping for items for photoshoots.

Triple Elvis, 1963
Ink and silver paint
Sold for $81.9 million on Nov. 12, 2014

 

Green Coca-Cola Bottles, 1962
Oil on Canvas

 

Warhol has been described as playing dumb to the media. He sometimes refused to explain his work. He has suggested that all one needs to know about his work is “already there ‘on the surface.”

Happy Bug Day, 1950’s
Originally rejected from entry to The Smithsonian.

 

Pine Barrens Tree Frog is one of ten in Warhol’s Endangered Species series commissioned 1983.

Grevy’s Zebra, 1983

Music cover artwork that Andy did in 1967.

Andy Warhol and his beloved dachshund Archie in front of his art studio in NY.

Resources

If you want to know more and Andy Warhol explore these fun titles:

 

Popism by Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett

Andy Warhol by Edward Wilett

Try Pop Art! 

Print out these doughnuts and color or paint them in pop art style.