He made art look simple and the splashes of colour were a commentary on societal trends. Artist Andy Warhol's name has been integral to Pop culture, such that his style of artwork inspires products and public art till date. Today, on his 86th birth anniversary, the guide celebrates some of his seminal works
A visitor looks at Andy Warhol's artwork, Campbell's Soup Cans at the Tate Modern in London February 5, 2002. Pic/AFP
A feminist writer named Valerie Solanas once attempted to murder Warhol by shooting at him in 1968. Warhol was severely injured in this attack. This self portrait of the artist dates to 1986 (one year before his death after complications from a surgery) seen at Graves Gallery on April 11, 2012 in Sheffield, England. PICS/Getty Images and AFP
Breaking records: Andy Warhol’s artwork, Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), is displayed while being auctioned at Sotheby’s on November 13, 2013 in New York City. The artwork was sold for $1,04,445,000, a record for the artist.
Warhol seen here holding bananas, which were one of the many everyday objects that he painted. Warhol began as a commercial illustrator, working for magazine covers, shoe advertisements, record covers and more. His first and most famous renditions of daily objects was the Campbell’s Soup Can series. Other motifs include dollar signs, cows and Coca Cola. Through this exercise, he explored consumerism and the impact of advertisements on society.
While his celebrity portraits remain very popular even outside the art circles, one of the significant and last paintings created by Warhol are his Last Supper paintings. This particular painting was sold at Bukowski Contemporary auction sale on May 14 this year for 6.8 million euros.
Blue Shot Marilyn by Andy Warhol as part of the exhibition, Warhol, April 17, 2014, Rome.
Warhol painted various icons including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.
He even created artworks as a political expression. One such is the Mao series.
Warhol’s studio, The Factory, was famous for attracting all kinds of personalities, from strugglers to Hollywood celebrities. The term ‘15 minutes of fame’ can also be credited to Warhol who had said, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”.