Andy Warhol is your most favourited artist in My Gallery. Want to find out more about him? Read on!
Andy Warhol was part of the Pop Art movement. He was famous for exploring popular culture in his work, using images of brands like Coca Cola, Listerine and Campbell’s Soup (which was one of his favourite things to eat):
He liked to use bright colours and silk screening techniques to mass-produce artworks based on publicity photographs of stars, like this famous image of Marilyn Monroe:Silk-screening is a process which can create lots of artworks/prints that look the same. The design is separated out into individual colours, and the position of each colour is marked out by a stencil. By pushing ink through the stencils one at a time, the colours build up to form a picture. Sometimes Warhol would switch colours around and present a group of prints with inverted or contrasting colours together:
Warhol’s studio was called The Factory, which was a reference to the mass-produced nature of his artworks. He saw art as a product, the same as a production line of Coca Cola bottles.
He had a very particular personal style. He had a shock of white/grey hair and was usually seen wearing a lot of black, leather jackets and glasses or sunglasses. Very striking!
Interested to know more about Warhol’s use of colour? Play Colour Colour now!
Tate Liverpool has new exhibition all about Andy Warhol opening 7 November 2014 and its free for Under 12s!