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Inspired by Warhol

Andy Warhol is one of the greatest artists to come out of the twentieth century, and it is impossible to escape his monumental influence. The reigning king of Pop art, Warhol's thousands of screenprints served to criticise American consumer society and the standardisation of products.


Warhol famously claimed that “in the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes," successfully predicting the merging of media, art and business which we see today. His fascination with mass media and American advertising made him into a gifted visionary, allowing him to traverse the frontiers of art and industry. However, who is the man behind these influential and thought-provoking works?


Andy Warhol, whose real name was Andrew Warhola, was born in Pittsburgh in 1928. He was the fourth child of working-class Lemko immigrants from present-day Slovakia. His parents were victims of the Great Depression and experienced great poverty. His father was a coal miner and his mother a seamstress, who never learnt English.


Warhol contracted Sydenham's chorea (also known as St. Vitus' Dance) at the age of 7. He remained bedridden for months, and it was at this time that his mother introduced him to drawing. This quickly became the young Warhol's passion. As he drew, he also listened to the radio and collected pictures of movie stars. Warhol later described this period as very important in the development of his personality and artistic technique. In 1942, Warhol's world was turned upside down when his father died due to liver complications. Warhol graduated high school in 1944, and studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh until 1949. He then moved to New York to pursue a Fine Arts degree.


Warhol soon started his career in commercial art, and was quickly commissioned by renowned international magazines such as Glamour, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. From this moment onwards he dropped the “a" from his last name and began calling himself Andy Warhol, and dreamt of becoming a fully-fledged artist who would revolutionise the art world.


Behind the scenes, Warhol was surrounded by Hollywood's most exclusive clique, which included Marilyn Monroe. The boss of Serendipity 3 also allowed him to display his first drawings in his bar.


In 1952, Warhol had his first official exhibition at the Hugo Gallery. From 1953 to 1955, Warhol created costumes for a theatre troupe, which also marked the period when he first adopted his famous silver wig.


As his signature style developed his notoriety grew, opening up the Pop art movement to the world with fellow artist, Roy Lichtenstein. In the early 1960s he produced the Campbell's Soup Cans series, the portraits of Marilyn Monroe and “The Eight Elvises" screen print. In 1964 he founded “The Factory", which was a studio where he created films and met with artists, writers, musicians and celebrities.


In 1968, he narrowly missed death when radical feminist writer, Valerie Solanas, attempted to kill him. This would go on to influence his future work. In 1975 he founded “Interview Magazine" and published “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol", which was a collection of his ideas and findings. Warhol devoted the final years of his life to helping young artists find recognition for their work, which included the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Karing. Andy Warhol died in 1987 at the age of 58.


A controversial genius and keen observer of consumer society, Andy Warhol continues to inspire contemporary artists today. Discover artists such as Cartrain and Dominique Mulhem, who were influenced by the Pop art master.

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Our recommendations Andy Warhol, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Print

Andy Warhol

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 1985
48 x 40 x 1 inch
Print

$60,000

Virginia Benedicto, Diane, Painting

Virginia Benedicto

Diane, 2017
47.2 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,012

Eduardo Kobra, Igualdade, Print

Eduardo Kobra

Igualdade, 2019
20 x 30 inch
Print

$2,500

Ivan Messac, Carnaval du Roi et de la Reine, Drawing

Ivan Messac

Carnaval du Roi et de la Reine, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Drawing

$2,124

Soyz Bank, Polaroid icone Andy Warhol, Sculpture

Soyz Bank

Polaroid icone Andy Warhol, 2018
59.1 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,298

Andrei Krioukov, Campbell's Tomato Soup - Hommage to Andy Warhol, Painting

Andrei Krioukov

Campbell's Tomato Soup - Hommage to Andy Warhol, 2019
78.7 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$13,368

Cartrain, Kim Jong-un Yellow (On Canvas), Print

Cartrain

Kim Jong-un Yellow (On Canvas), 2016
31.5 x 23.6 inch
Print

$1,582

Gilles Barbier, Banana Head, Print

Gilles Barbier

Banana Head, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch
Print

$1,770

Peter Klasen, A 33 , Print

Peter Klasen

A 33 , 2013
22 x 29.9 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,416

Andy Warhol, Gems, Print

Andy Warhol

Gems, 1978
30 x 40 inch
Print

$35,000

Philippe Geluck, Le Chat Miaô Hommage à Andy Warhol, Print

Philippe Geluck

Le Chat Miaô Hommage à Andy Warhol, 2016
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$4,425

Vincent Sabatier, Andy, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Andy, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$330

PyB, red banane, Painting

PyB

red banane, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 x 3.1 inch
Painting

$212

Philippe Huart, Blue ?7, Painting

Philippe Huart

Blue ?7, 2003
32.5 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,720

Le Closier, Andy Warhol, Painting

Le Closier

Andy Warhol, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,770

Philippe Huart, Electric shock, Painting

Philippe Huart

Electric shock, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.8 inch
Painting

$9,439

Philippe Huart, Turn on your lovelight, Print

Philippe Huart

Turn on your lovelight, 2007
36.2 x 35.4 inch
Print

$1,121

Dominique Mulhem, One Million Dollar Baby, Print

Dominique Mulhem

One Million Dollar Baby, 2013
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$5,310

Rakel Wajnberg, Malab'Art goût Warhol, Sculpture

Rakel Wajnberg

Malab'Art goût Warhol, 2018
13 x 7.1 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,012

Dominique Mulhem, Campbell's, Print

Dominique Mulhem

Campbell's, 2011
15.7 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$4,130

Pure Evil, Valerie Solanas' Nightmare (Andy Warhol), Painting

Pure Evil

Valerie Solanas' Nightmare (Andy Warhol), 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.5 inch
Painting

$2,637

Rakel Wajnberg, Malab'Art Everlast Warhol, Painting

Rakel Wajnberg

Malab'Art Everlast Warhol, 2018
43.3 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$4,720

Our recommendations Hervé Gloaguen, Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground, NY 1966 (With John Cale, Gérard Malanga, Nico), Photography

Hervé Gloaguen

Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground, NY 1966 (With John Cale, Gérard Malanga, Nico), 1966
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$2,655

Ivan Messac, Jimi Hendrix, Print

Ivan Messac

Jimi Hendrix, 2013
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$224

Ivan Messac, John Lee Hooker, Print

Ivan Messac

John Lee Hooker, 2013
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$224

Argadol, Pop art master, Painting

Argadol

Pop art master, 2016
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,746

Hervé Gloaguen, Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick at the Factory, NY, Photography

Hervé Gloaguen

Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick at the Factory, NY, 1966
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$2,655

Hervé Gloaguen, Andy Warhol, NY, Photography

Hervé Gloaguen

Andy Warhol, NY, 1966
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$2,655

Takeru Amano, A banana and candle, Painting

Takeru Amano

A banana and candle, 2016
13.8 x 10.6 inch
Painting

$1,770

Chris Krainik, Warhol - Portrait explosif, Sculpture

Chris Krainik

Warhol - Portrait explosif, 2017
23.2 x 11.4 x 11.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,950

Sergio Mesa, Banane, Photography

Sergio Mesa

Banane, 2010
23.2 x 16.5 inch
Photography

$2,596

Sergio Mesa, Triangles, Photography

Sergio Mesa

Triangles, 2014
16.5 x 23.2 inch
Photography

$1,475

Teko van Kuyk, Pineapple #71 (yellow green white and pink), Painting

Teko van Kuyk

Pineapple #71 (yellow green white and pink), 2016
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$295

Antonio de Felipe, Marilyn Warhol (el Jardin de Hollywood), Painting

Antonio de Felipe

Marilyn Warhol (el Jardin de Hollywood), 2009
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$11,799

Marcello Quarta, Tribute Banana (A. Warhol), Print

Marcello Quarta

Tribute Banana (A. Warhol), 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$147

Marcello Quarta, Andy vs Andy blu, Print

Marcello Quarta

Andy vs Andy blu, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 2 inch
Print

$94

Marcello Quarta, Andy vs Andy yellow, Print

Marcello Quarta

Andy vs Andy yellow, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Print

$94

Ottmar Hörl, Andy Warhol, Sculpture

Ottmar Hörl

Andy Warhol, 2008
15.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,950

Teko van Kuyk, Kanye West Collage, Drawing

Teko van Kuyk

Kanye West Collage, 2016
27.6 x 19.7 x 2 inch
Drawing

$413

Teko van Kuyk, Troup Soup, Painting

Teko van Kuyk

Troup Soup, 2015
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$295

Marin Marcos, Andy Warhol, Sculpture

Marin Marcos

Andy Warhol, 2014
20.5 x 13.4 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,360

Gil Adamy, Warhol Factory, Painting

Gil Adamy

Warhol Factory, 2018
70.9 x 70.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$18,000

C. Brenner, Julie devant un Andy (Warhol), Painting

C. Brenner

Julie devant un Andy (Warhol), 2016
39.4 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,714

Antoni & Alison, Corrected Masterpiece (With banana), Photography

Antoni & Alison

Corrected Masterpiece (With banana), 2002
8 x 10 inch
Photography

$708

Jirapat Tatsanasomboon, Camouflage Hanuman (after A.Warhol), Painting

Jirapat Tatsanasomboon

Camouflage Hanuman (after A.Warhol), 2017
24.8 x 24.8 inch
Painting

$5,546

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