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Andy Warhol in his Manhattan studio, The Factory | Source: Artnet News

Peek Behind the Painting: The Pope of Pop Art Andy Warhol

Art is anything you can get away with.

There’s one iconic counter-culture figure who changed the current artistic landscape forever. No rules, no conformities and a flippant ignorance of the norm – the popularity of the 1960’s contemporary pop art movement may be solely attributed to one man, Andy Warhol.

One of the most famous artists in history, the American defined a generation of artists exploring the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture.

An A-list group, that would make an interesting dinner party, are among the American’s most famous subjects – Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Mouse, Campbell’s Soup Cans, and Brillo Boxes have all been depicted at the hands of the ‘Pope of Pop Art’.

His works also include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold. His 1963 serigraph, Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), sold for A$143.6 million in November 2013. Arguably his most famous piece, a 1963 silkscreen painting, Eight Elvises, fetched A$136.8 million in October 2008.

Andy Warhol Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) Sothebys
Andy Warhol’s Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) | Source: Sotheby’s

While known for producing work in mediums including silk-screening, photography, film and sculpture, Warhol began his career as a graphic designer. He quickly gained prominence working for popular magazines like “Vogue,” “Glamour,” and “Harper’s Bazaar,” as well as retail powerhouses like Tiffany & Co.

His 1962 Campbell Soup Cans advertising silkscreens ultimately skyrocketed his fame as an artist, going on to open his studio, ‘The Factory,’ in 1968. The Manhattan studio became a popular haunt for artists, celebrities, and socialites of the time.

Andy Warhol in the Silver Factory
Andy Warhol in the Silver Factory | Source: Pinterest

As philosophical as he was artistic, Warhol not only produced game-changing artwork, he deeply impacted the course of art history.

In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.

Coining the worldwide aphorism, ’15 minutes of fame’, the prediction represents another testament to the long-lasting legacy of one man.

To this day, his works are highly sought after, commanding exorbitant prices at auctions around the world. In Australia, Lyons Gallery presents the opportunity to own exclusive Andy Warhol screenprints and lithographs.

Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), 1967 screenprint is from the highly sought after series. This hot pink and blue iconic pop art portrait is from a promo photo of Rose, a femme fatale played by Marilyn. This work is stamped and hand signed by the artist in pencil in edition 78/250.

Lyons Gallery Andy Warhol - Marilyn Monroe 1967
Lyons Gallery Andy Warhol – Marilyn Monroe 1967 | Source: Lyons Gallery

This lithograph is signed in stone and numbered with pencil as edition 1620 of 3000. Printed by the artist’s estate after his death, this piece measures 50 × 40 cm and features Tomato from Campbell’s Soup I by Andy Warhol.

lyonsgallery-andy-warhol Campbell's tomato soup 1969
Lyons Gallery Andy Warhol – Campbell’s tomato soup 1969 | Source: Lyons Gallery

This brilliant lithograph is signed in plate and numbered in pencil and stamped by the artist’s estate as edition 1512 of 2400. During his lifetime, Warhol was also well known for his images of iconic faces. These then became large-scale silkscreen prints on canvas.

Lyons Gallery Andy Warhol Mick Jagger portrait
Lyons Gallery Andy Warhol – Mick Jagger Portrait 1969

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