Andrew Warhola was born on August 6 1928. His parents were immigrants from Slovakia and he was raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in one of the Eastern Ethnic Enclaves. Like the rest of his community Andrew was a member of the Byzantine Catholic Church and grew up immersed in Slovakian Culture. His father died when he was 14 and put in his will that his life savings were to go to his son’s education. In 1945 Andrew enrolled at the Carnegie Institute for Technology and studied pictorial design. In 1949 he changed his name to Andy Warhol.
Andy Warhol’s first commission came from drawing shoes for Glamour Magazine. He worked for Glamour Magazine during the 1950’s and was known for his whimsical style using blotted lines and rubber stamps to create his drawings. In 1961 Andy debuted his first piece of “Pop Art”. According to Oxford Dictionary Pop Art is “art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine art values.”. In reference to Pop Art Andy Warhol once said “Once you ‘got’ pop, you could never see a sign the same way again. And once you thought pop, you could never see America the same way again.”.
When Andy first debuted Pop Art it was centered around mass-produced consumer products. His first exhibit showcased paintings of Campbell Soup Cans and he later created paintings of Coca-Cola Bottles and Vacuum Cleaners. While some of his early Pop Art was done with paint Andy Warhol is most known for his silk screen prints. At the time these prints were revolutionary because it allowed him to make numerous copies of the same piece of art while still having each copy be an original. While Warhol produced some of his own prints he also hired printers to produce them for him. His most trusted printer was Jasen-Smith. It was by using other printers that Andy Warhol was able to produce as many prints as he did. Silk screening is a very time intensive process that takes a lot of patience and attention to detail.