Andy Warhol – the father of pop

And today’s free caricature goes to Andy Warhol, American painter, print maker, filmmaker, father of pop art, a homosexual and most importantly a rebel against anything conservative.

Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and public figure known for his membership in wildly diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons.

The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is $100 million for a 1963 canvas titled Eight Elvises !

During the 1960s that Warhol began to make paintings of iconic American products such as Cambell’s Soup Cans and Coca-cola bottles, as well as paintings of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali and Elizabeth Taylor. He founded “The Factory”, his studio during these years, and gathered around himself a wide range of artists, writers, musicians, and underground celebrities. For obvious reasons his work became popular and controversial.

Andy Warhol’s Oxidation paintings, perhaps more than any other series in his oeuvre, present a striking paradox: they are at once aesthetically rich and gleefully transgressive. Its surface offers up sensual delight in its coppery iridescence, and its composition is enlivened by elegant splashes that radiate outward with visceral energy. Yet Warhol’s method for achieving such rich painterly abstraction was notoriously base, the product of Warhol and company urinating on the copper-coated canvas. The result is at once a pointed parody of Jackson Pollock’s drips and splashes and an original take on abstraction. Warhol particularly loved having his assistant contribute to these works, “because he takes a lot of vitamin B so the canvas turns a really pretty color when it’s his piss” J

On a deeper note, Warhol alchemically transformed waste into artistic creation.

I love his quotes. They are so powerful and so rebellious. Here are the best ones for you.

# In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.

# I would rather watch somebody buy their underwear than read a book they wrote.

# Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches 😀

# Success is getting a job in New York City

# Success is when the checks don’t bounce.

#  Sex is the biggest nothing of all time.

Now let me get back to you on Monday with a bang 😉

xoxo

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