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Who is Andy Warhol?

Andy Warhol is one of the most famous artists, ever. From his soup to his hair, he is an art legend

Andy Warhol, ‘Self-Portrait’ 1986
Andy Warhol
Self-Portrait 1986
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Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola 6 August 1928 – 22 February 1987) was part of the pop art movement. He was famous for exploring popular culture in his work, using brands like Coca Cola and Campbell's Soup (which was one of his favourite things to eat).


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Warhol liked to use bright colours and silk screening techniques to mass-produce artworks based on photographs of celebrities, like this famous image of Marilyn Monroe.

Andy Warhol, ‘Marilyn Diptych’ 1962
Andy Warhol
Marilyn Diptych 1962
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Screenprinting is a printing process that can create lots of artworks that look the same. The design is separated out into individual colours and the position of each colour is marked out by a stencil on a screen. The screen is a frame of wood with a fine mesh stretched over it. The different coloured inks are pushed through each stencil one at a time and the colours build up to form a picture. Sometimes Warhol would switch colours around and present a group of prints with contrasting colours together.

He didn't just do prints though, he made films, digital artwork, paintings and sculptures.

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 the clothes you wear and the food you eat. He had a very particular personal style. He had a shock of white hair and was usually seen wearing a lot of black, leather jackets and glasses or sunglasses.

Andy Warhol, ‘Self-Portrait with Fright Wig’ 1986
Andy Warhol
Self-Portrait with Fright Wig 1986
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He loved Los Angeles, beauty and plastic, things that were modern and changed quickly. If he was alive now, what do you think would inspire him?

Andy Warhol, ‘Black Bean’ 1968
Andy Warhol
Black Bean 1968
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Andy Warhol, ‘Mickey Mouse’ 1982
Andy Warhol
Mickey Mouse 1982
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Andy Warhol, ‘Skulls’ 1976
Andy Warhol
Skulls 1976
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Andy Warhol, ‘Untitled (Beauty Products)’ 1960
Andy Warhol
Untitled (Beauty Products) 1960
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