“Pop art is for everyone. I don’t think art should be only for the select few.” – Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol is known to many as the leader of the Pop Art Revolution. He paved a path for artists in the future to be able to create different styles in art. Andy believed that art was for everyone, and that’s what made him into the artist he was. The life he lived, the things that inspired him, and the art he created all helped him be a leader for artists to come.
Andy Warhol was born on August 6th in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He and his siblings went to Holmes elementary. When Andy turned 8, he was diagnosed with rheumatic fever. Andy missed a month of school, and still felt sick. He eventually caught St. Vitus’ dance. The kids at his school teased him, because of his disabilities. The St. Vitus’ Dance caused Andy’s knees to buckle, hands to shake, and his body to move uncontrollably.
While he was on bed rest, he often colored and looked at comic books. When he returned from school, his teacher recommended that he take an art class. Andy was recognized as a talented artist and he grew his skill from there. He later perused a career in art, and went to college at Carnegie Institute of Technology. “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone decide whether it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they’re deciding, make even more art.
” – Andy Warhol. Andy continued to make art until February 22, 1987 when he died from complications after surgery.
As a young child, Andy Warhol was always amazed by celebrities. In particular, he always loved to watch Shirley Temple tap dance. She was only the beginning for his fascination with celebrities. Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, and Ingrid Bergman were just some of the idols that Andy Warhol illustrated. One of his most famous pieces of art is called “Marilyn Monroe”. The art piece is a pop art portrait of the actress. Along with his portraits, he was recognized as a commercial artist, because of his commercial paintings. His most popular commercial painting is of a Campbell Soup can. The reason he made so many celebrities and commercial paintings is due to the fact he studied commercial art in college. Andy Warhol received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Pictorial Design and went on to work at Glamour magazine. The things that inspired him most were the household items and celebrities.
As an artist, Andy Warhol was always looking for new ways to express his art. He is most known for his pop art and his screen tests. The pop art he created was simple, but he made it in a way that it was interesting to everyone. Although he made his art out of common items, his art is anything but common. It is the pathway for future artists. The vivid colors and alternating colors made his common items have a purpose and different sense of style. When I starting researching Andy Warhol, I learned about his many screen tests. They aren’t like anything I have seen before. He chose a model, filmed them doing something, and then slowed the film down. Because he did this to the screen test, you can get a sense of the models personality. The screen tests made me curious about his subjects, and the life that they have outside of the film. I believe that Andy’s ideas like this are the reason that the art world was so impacted with his presence. Without Andy taking these first steps in the art field, the world would be much blander. His pop art and screen test set a standard for future artists interested in doing something different.
Although Andy Warhol suffered many disabilities as a young child, he rose above them and became a great artist. His pop art is recognized by millions, and is often recreated. Andy was inspired by many people, and now he inspires the people who look at his art. The story of his life, the things that inspired him, and his art made him into the person that he was.