Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1928 and died in New York City on February 22, 1987. He was easily one of the most well-known American artists, and was one of the most influential figures in the visual art form known as pop art. His particular style of art focused on the connections between artistic expression and the celebrity pop culture and particular advertising style that was popular in the 1960s. Andy Warhol didn’t start out as an artist; in fact, he enjoyed a successful career as a commercial illustrator before becoming the eccentric artist he was most known for being.
Warhol was famous for using a wide variety of materials and media in his works, such as photography, painting, drawing by hand, printmaking, sculpture, film, silk screening, and also music. A lesser known fact about Andy Warhol is that he was also a pioneer in computer generated artwork, utilizing Amiga computers, which were introduced in the mid 1980s, just two years before his death.
Andy Warhol completed a long list of works, some of which are more widely known than others. Some of his most famous works include:
- 100 Cans (1962), oil on canvas. It is said that a renowned gallery owner inspired this piece, when she told Warhol that he should paint objects that people tend to see every day. This piece is a prime example of Warhol’s repeated image of a mass produced packaged consumer good.
- Orange Car Crash Fourteen Times (1963), silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on two canvases. This particular piece is from the series Death and Disaster, a series that maintained most of Warhol’s attention and efforts during this particular period in his life.
- Brillo Boxes (1969 version of the 1964 original), acrylic silkscreen on wood. Warhol used his tried and true silkscreen process in this piece, but this time he applied it to plywood. Warhol used these pieces of traditional goods found in American homes and supermarkets to demonstrate an interesting commentary on American culture at the time – expressing the idea that inanimate objects had been elevated to icon status.
- Untitled from Marilyn Monroe (1967), silkscreen. Marilyn Monroe, as well as her life and death, became a world-wide phenomenon after her death in 1967. Andy Warhol, who was obsessed with celebrity and pop culture himself, obtained a black and white publicity photo of Marilyn Monroe, taken for a 1953 film of hers, and used that as a basis for this series of works. He was able to produce these quickly, and also eliminate any traces of the artist hand in the work.
- Oxidation Painting (1978), urine on metallic pigment in acrylic pigment on canvas. This particular piece was created late in Warhol’s career, and was part of a series that Warhol created by himself or with friends, which involved urinating on a canvas of copper paint placed on the floor.
- Mao (1973), synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen oil on canvas. In this particular image, Warhol combines paint and silkscreen in an image of Mao Zedong. Warhol used colorful, graffiti like splashes in the piece, as an act of rebellion against Communism.
- Rorschach (1984), polymer paint on canvas. These images were inspired by the Rorschach tests, the tests designed by the famous Swiss psychologist, Hermann Rorschach, in which people are asked what images they see in a set of standardized ink blot images.
Andy Warhol Artwork
Hamilton-Selway Fine Art is home to a huge inventory of artwork, included pieces by Andy Warhol. We were founded almost fifteen years ago and have grown into one of the largest purveyors of pop and contemporary art pieces on the West Coast. We strive to provide our clients with the finest collection of artwork at the best possible price point.
We pride ourselves on our unique niche in the art business – we have a huge inventory of fine artwork, unlike many others in the industry. This allows us to have more direct control over the pieces of art that are being offered to clients, rather than simply acting as a middleman with limited access to pieces. If you have any questions about limited edition prints or trial proofs and uniques, feel free to contact our team directly. We look forward to hearing from you!