Andy Warhol (died 1987 aged 58) – Famous for taking basic items like Campbell's Tomato Soup cans and turning them into artwork
(Pronounced an-dee wawr-hawl)
Warhol - Wore a hole in a bag carrying Campbell's Tomato Soup and thought he could make art from it
He used his hands (Andy) to carry back bags of Campbell's Tomato Soup cans but wore a hole (Warhol) in the bag. The soup fell out and it was at this point he realised he could make art out of the cans.
Note: This did not happen but it is a great way to remember his name and recognise his type of artwork reproducing many times lots of popular consumables like Campbell's Tomato Soup as an art painting.
Andy Warhol was famous for exploring popular culture. His pop art, which was making art about popular things using colourful but limited colour (4 to 5 colours) and simplistic shapes and figures became some of the most recognised artwork in the world.
He was terrific at marketing himself using his shock white hair as a brand.
Andy liked using silk screen printing to mass produce artworks based on photographs of celebrities like Marilyn Munroe and Elvis Presley.
Silk screen printing is a stencilling method that involves printing ink through stencils supported by a porous fabric mesh stretched across a frame called a screen.
He created a place where he worked and got ideas called The Factory in New York City where many actors, models and artists hung out.
Pictures of Campbell's Tomato Soup and Coca Cola bottles made him famous.
Campbell's Soup I (1968)
"Warhol, Coca-Cola 3" by profzucker is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Nobody before had created - Campbell's Tomato Soup cans and turned them into artwork