Warhol was born on August 06, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From an early age, Warhol was interested in the arts as he was often sick at home than at school. Rather isolated due to childhood illnesses, a young Warhol entertained himself by drawing and with other artistic hobbies. Eventually, Warhol graduated high school with aspirations to become an illustrator in the world of advertising. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the Carnegie Mellon University of Technology and moved to New York to pursue his creative dream.
From the beginning of his career, Warhol received growing attention from large corporations including Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazines. The rapid success of Warhol’s contracts quickly spread throughout the art world and brought him a notable status of an art icon. Utilizing various screen-printing techniques, Warhol created the universally recognizable portraits of well-known pop culture figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, and more. It was during the 1960s when Warhol created some of his most unique works through the method of stenciled silkscreen prints, including his infamous “Campbell’s Soup Cans” and “Brillo Box” works.
In June of 1968, there was an attempt made Warhol’s life. He was shot three times in the stomach but survived the attack. Despite the long-lasting health complications resulting from this event, he continued, and thrived, in his creative career. In 1983, he created the Endangered Species silk-screen prints, which included animals like the Pine Barrens Tree Frog and Bald Eagle. After months of continuous illness, Warhol was taken to New York Hospital on February 20th, 1987, to have surgery to remove his gallbladder. He died two days later of postoperative cardiac arrest on February 22nd, 1987.
Warhol’s legacy continues to inspire today, as an integral, permanent figure within the art world, and its culture; whose work is still among some of the most distinguished and highest-grossing in history. In 1994, The Andy Warhol Museum opened in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia to honor his legacy and his works are frequently exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Martin Lawrence Galleries is proud to have a wide assortment of Warhol pieces in our inventory. Click here to see more Andy Warhol artwork.