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The Works of Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburg. He was leading artist for pop Art movement in 1960.He was a versatile artist who was proficient in drawing, painting, handwriting, silk screening sculpture, photography and music. He was known for his diverse social contacts and eccentric lifestyle. He endeavored into various art forms including filmmaking, performance art, video installation, writing and performance art. Warhol showed interest toward art from his early age. After completing his studies from art school he moved to New York, where he worked with various magazines as illustrator. His early work also includes advertising and window display for various retail stores.

By 1950s Warhol was one of the most successful commercial artists. He conducted many exhibitions, he had his first solo exhibition in 1952 and throughout fifties he had his exhibitions in various places. He was known for using rubberstamps and blotted line technique in his drawings.

By end of 1950s he shifted his attention more on paintings. He was pioneer to introduce “Pop Art”- a form of painting used for commercially mass-produced goods. It was a turning point in his career. He made paintings on comics and advertisements which he transferred to canvases through projector. He created many paintings which are symbolized in 20th century; most popular among them is Campbell’ Soup Can, Elvis and Marilyn Series.

Warhol employed another technique of Silk screening during 1961; this method is utilized for repeatedly copying the images. By this technique he created numbers of images. He started working from his studio named “Factory” which was silver painted and aluminum foiled.

By 1963, Warhol started working on other mediums in addition to box sculpturing and painting. He began to record producing, publishing magazines and film making during early sixties his focus shifted on Film Making. From 1963 to 1968 he made more than 60 films. His few films like Blow Job, Empire and Chelsea Girls are classics of all time. His movies were much ahead of its time and were critically admired. In 1969 he published magazine named interview.

By 1970 he again focused on paintings for corporate and individuals portraits. He also worked for TV series in 1985, where he hosted a program of half an hour featuring various celebrities, musicians, artists and designers based on his magazine pattern.

During his lifetime he conducted many art shows which were critically appreciated by people. Many of his movies and art work were in controversial critics. He was one of the most influential artists of 20th century. His work changed the way commercial art form. He brought new avenue to life of people through his drawings, paintings and movies. Liberal in thoughts this successful artist was in various controversies for his personal life and movies.

Andy Warhol died on February 22, 1987 due to heart attack while recovering from gall bladder operation. There are very few artists in history who were as versatile as him. He will always be remembered for his contribution for art world and film industry.

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