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WHO IS . . . ANDY WARHOL?

Posted 18 March 2010 by Hannah

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):

© 2014 Andy Warhol Foundation / ARS, NY / TM Licensed by Campbell's Soup Co. All rights reserved.

Any Warhol, Campbells’ Soup Cans, 1962  © 2014 Andy Warhol Foundation / ARS, NY / TM Licensed by Campbell’s Soup Co. All rights reserved. Source: MoMa

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:

Andy, Warhol, [no title] 1967. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014 License this image

Andy, Warhol, [no title] 1967. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014

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:

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych, 1962, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014 License this image

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych, 1962, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014

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!

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait 1986 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait 1986 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014

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! 

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  1. burcu says:

    hello andy warhol wot are you doing today buy buy.

  2. MIA says:

    I love Andy Warhol, he is so great, hiss paintings and everything are so cool and fun. I could look at them all day

  3. meeeemeee says:

    coooool. i like him alot

  4. Paris says:

    his atwork his inspiring. i think he has made a big impact in the art we see today. i think he is truly great

  5. danja says:

    we have been learing about you . we have done the same thing. we have done henry vlll and i like you pantings to well done.

  6. cochie says:

    i like andy warhol i think he is great !!

  7. PINKY PAIGE says:

    I THINK HE IS GREAT BECAUSE HE IS MY ART TEACHER

  8. cochie says:

    i love him!!!!!!!!!!

  9. bethany says:

    his atwork his inspiring. i think he has made a big impact in the art we see today. i think he is truly great.

  10. hannah says:

    heyyyyyy x

  11. geek the third says:

    wierd art

  12. mia says:

    :]:]:]:]:]:]

  13. elizabeth says:

    this was really helpful

  14. geek the third says:

    this guy is a GEEK

  15. Grace says:

    he alrght but i seen better

  16. stickyfingers :) says:

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  17. cala says:

    thanks thats my homework

  18. Lucyxx says:

    thx this really hoped me with my homework!!!

  19. Heather says:

    Andy Warhol is one of my favorite artists!

  20. issy says:

    thanks very much it helped me with my homework

  21. angel wings says:

    i seen much better

  22. Emily says:

    You babe you did my homework for me :)x

  23. A5h(31gH247 says:

    I think andy Warhol is pretty awesome and I found this website rly helpful coz I’m studying his work in I.C.T and art. I even use pop art when I’m editing photos?!

  24. anon says:

    i’m doing anart project and this info really helped me so

  25. chloe says:

    very weird

  26. jack harrison says:

    he is epic

  27. jack harrison says:

    epiiic

  28. charley jackson says:

    i like his art

  29. jack harrison says:

    go him he is just epic!!

    awsome death

  30. luke bowers says:

    i think his art is awsome and he is as well

  31. Anonymous says:

    lol at your face !!!

  32. noddy says:

    hello u very goooooood

  33. fire man says:

    awsome art !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. slime says:

    do you know what were his thoughts about his work

  35. bradley says:

    its rubish

  36. paige says:

    good man wiked

  37. bradley says:

    its goood

  38. hannah says:

    cool

  39. Danniielle'ox says:

    Hes Great All His ArtWorks Are Awesome And I Lykee The Ones With Marilyn Monroe,,i Adore His ArtWork’zz Im Working On Hizz Pop Art…..ox

  40. FH says:

    NICE
    SWEET
    BUT TOO SHORT

  41. Iqra says:

    His art-work is inspiring, i think he made a big impact of the art we see today.i think he is brilliant great.

  42. Cammy says:

    This really helped.

  43. Mr. Pickles says:

    Haha what a weird face

  44. poodle 101 says:

    he makes me hungry

  45. poodle 101 says:

    what is up my peeps?!?!??!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! ;)

  46. me ni says:

    cooooooooooooooooool

  47. BOB says:

    he had a wierd hair style

  48. shannon elle ella says:

    hi

  49. Neve says:

    Here are some facts if you wanna know them!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 cambells soup(wich was one of his faverouite things to eat). xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  50. oliver says:

    you should put more pictures of his art work so it is more intresting

  51. bob says:

    as long as my name is bob, andy is EPIC!!!!!

    signed mr piggy

  52. froggy says:

    cool

  53. rachel says:

    I am doing this artist in my art lessons I really enjoy doing him!

  54. Fittie in the citieee! ;D says:

    Andy Wardol….. WHAT A LEGAND!!!! Love his artwork really original and bod and colourful. His artwork is sooo inspiring and his artwork has really influenec art all over the world. LOVE HIM <3 <3

  55. millie says:

    thank you for writing this it helped me with my home work xx

  56. kitty says:

    love it
    xxxx

  57. (; says:

    hello

  58. olivia says:

    hello andy warhol

  59. Lovley Lady says:

    I love andy warhol hes my favourite artist

  60. Hollie Weedon says:

    WOW i love andy warhol!he is really good at pop art! LOVE IT! :]

  61. Shaq says:

    Love your Art! Very Bright catch my eye

  62. mac daddy says:

    some nice stuff!

  63. Trinity says:

    Who is the man with the hair sticking up & is colored orange ?

  64. Trinity says:

    What inspires you to create your art ?

  65. Damir Williams says:

    i think but i dont think confusing aint it

  66. Isabel Miller says:

    Andy Wahol is very creative in coulers!!!!!!

  67. Sammy says:

    wow. i did not know andy warhol is that great!!

  68. helo helo says:

    very interesting!!

  69. i am a gummi bear says:

    i LOVE andy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    thankyou you did my project for me!!

  70. Lula says:

    Love this!!! Its very good!

  71. Lula says:

    WOW!! Nice work! Cool. Is he dead??

  72. A&S says:

    hiya andy, i was wondering what your next big project will be as i am a great fan!!!!!!!

  73. Lula says:

    I take that back. I found out that he is dead.

  74. A&S says:

    u are so cool

  75. smarty and jelly says:

    your art is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!
    you inspier us and all our friends
    you inspere our grade
    you are awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i love your soup can you drawed them so well our class had a try in art
    rock on dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. hello says:

    andy warholl :):):):):):):0

  77. bob says:

    hi

  78. bob says:

    hhhhhes wwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaadddddddd

  79. shirley says:

    andywarhol’s facts are really intresten

  80. shirley says:

    :)

  81. shirley says:

    :(

  82. shirley says:

    hi <3 andywarhol

  83. YASMIN says:

    WOW YOU KNOW LOTS ABOUT HIM!

  84. jadeen(:XX........... says:

    …………really helpful fankz and ………………………………nice

  85. Anon. says:

    Very informative, accurate too! Good choice of artists a s well.

  86. Anonymous says:

    coool xxx

  87. hannah says:

    andy warhol is cool his painting’s are so wicid and funny i cud lock at them all day and all nait.

  88. hannah says:

    :] hey andy you are so coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll I love you’r painting’s I can look at tham all day and all nait.

  89. Mohamed says:

    I love the game sooooo much

  90. Mohamed says:

    he is the best

  91. kate says:

    its very imformative about andy

  92. Bubbles says:

    Amazing lol

  93. Anonymous says:

    he had good work

  94. naomi says:

    i had to do a 2 page information sheet about andy and his pics and info have given me a lot of help.i luv his pics 2 there crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1;)

  95. cc says:

    ok cool

  96. megan says:

    hi am megan and am learning about andy warhol in my art and design in my school hungerhill

  97. hjju says:

    good

  98. cool guy says:

    awsome:D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  99. cool guy says:

    lol

  100. princesssassy says:

    cool
    my peeps!!!

  101. says says says:

    lol

  102. MOHAMMED says:

    I LOVE

  103. Amjad says:

    OMG I CAN SEE ANDY WARHOLS PAINTING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  104. ksth says:

    very ful of info

  105. Shanna says:

    Andy Warhol is a legend, his artwork rocks! I’ve been to his museum in London, and it was one of the most fabulous and inspirational places for cultural artists, and art collectors etc :3

  106. Wow says:

    That’s really neat

  107. Molly says:

    He is awesome and smart

  108. BOB says:

    U were in Men in Black 3!!!!!!

  109. Annonamous says:

    Wow,you know your stuff.Plus,this stuff is really handy.

  110. Anonymous says:

    is he rally born in 1928?

  111. golina says:

    the picture is scary

  112. poopoo says:

    i hate that guy

  113. amber eastop says:

    i love his ides of pop art

  114. jaja says:

    cool

  115. MEGGIE says:

    LOVE ANDY WARHOL AND ALL OF HIS WORK!!!!!!

  116. Lol says:

    That’s cool.

  117. Cara says:

    so much help

  118. arnau says:

    tkm idol

  119. Ellie says:

    I have been given the task to research on Andy Warhol, and this website really helped me.

  120. Ellie :) says:

    @Poopoo, don’t be disrespectful. He was a great artist and his work will be remembered for many centuries… :/

  121. annyomus says:

    Nice art :) He is cool and knows what art is.

  122. annyomus says:

    He is cool and knows what proper art is unlike other artists. :)

  123. dum says:

    your cool

  124. megan says:

    hes brilliant his art is amazing WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  125. gertrude says:

    this site is epic

  126. nathan says:

    i love

  127. dave says:

    cool

  128. Amani says:

    I think he is an amazing artist and my most favourite of his artwork is the banana :)

  129. Ayman says:

    I love his artwork it is amazing my favourite of his artwork is the soup can I love he so so so so so so so so so so so so so so much:)

  130. qwerty says:

    Andy warhol is the best artist ever and so inspiratoinal to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  131. Pandalover says:

    This helped me with my homework I also like some of Andy Warhol painting/artwork.

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

  132. Jenny says:

    Thanks for info you best

  133. Rob says:

    This is a good web site x

  134. fan for andy says:

    wow he is great I love his paintings he is the best painter in world

  135. hannah says:

    Andy Warhol paints Marilyn Monroe ?????

  136. ellie landcaster says:

    cool

  137. Natalie says:

    thank you so much Hannah for writing this you saved me from a ditension this was very useful for me

  138. Natalie says:

    i also really like andy warhol’s paintings

  139. Natalie says:

    there amazing

  140. cool girl says:

    very artistic.nice…….

  141. poppy says:

    He is amazing in his work

  142. bob says:

    Cool work

  143. cole says:

    I looked at your picture Andy, were you having a bad hair day

  144. Norah says:

    Some cool pictures

  145. Axel says:

    Dats some cool art

  146. Anonymous butterfly says:

    Andy warhol has art skills

  147. Anonymous butterfly says:

    Lke the soup cans repetative:)

  148. Anonymous butterfly says:

    Whats coulor coulor

  149. lady bug says:

    love your cans they are realy repetetive

  150. lady bug says:

    andy warhol is a mad artist

  151. Anonymous butterfly says:

    how was he discovered dont understand if hes bedtridden how he could do all this art bla shmaaa

  152. Morgan says:

    This is good info but there could be a bit more info :) and I LOVE HIM !! XXX

  153. mr bean says:

    your work is amazing

  154. ryan says:

    realy good

  155. Alex says:

    WOWsers

  156. seb says:

    awesome

  157. Machala says:

    Would he wear black in the summer

  158. Hiroki Oikawa says:

    Your art is so cool.The reason why I am looking at your picture is because it is for my homework

  159. vean says:

    YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  160. arezo says:

    thankx 4…..it really helped me on my hw

  161. arezo says:

    can u plz find some info aout pop art

  162. vean says:

    YOMAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  163. luna says:

    Thanks for helping my class at school .u.

  164. luna says:

    Guys, he’s dead he can’t possibly be your teacher. Also Hannah wrote this not Andy!!

  165. www says:

    I LOve him

  166. www says:

    he iz good

  167. HI says:

    HI

  168. Scarlet says:

    very useful.
    Thank you!!

  169. Ffion says:

    I love Andywarhol to. do you know his real birth name was Andrew warhola I am doing a prodect on him

  170. Tate says:

    Hey my name is Tate and this wedsite helped with my friends information report on Andy Warhol.

  171. lol says:

    hi

  172. steve says:

    lol

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  174. aysha says:

    lol

  175. lala says:

    andy wahol is super

  176. lala says:

    lol