Andy's Soup © wood engraving (ed. 40) image: 7 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
Andrew Warhola (Andy Warhol) started his art career creating illustrations and record album covers. His interest in advertising influenced his "serious" painting and established him as one of the movers and shakers in the "pop art" movement. His images of common everyday items such as Brillo boxes, Coke cans and Campbell Soup cans became his trademark. His subject matter of mass produced products and the celebrities he was obsessed with were produced in his New York City studio which he called "the Factory". He mass produced art in this studio with assistants and employees. He was surrounded in "The Factory" by a retinue of underground and fringe-culture personalities, many of whom were involved in some of the films he created such as "Sleep", in which the camera remained focused on a sleeping man for six hours.

Andy's trademark image was that of a stupefied individual wearing what appears to be an ill-fitting synthetic white wig and never quite able to grasp what is going on around him. During interviews he would often give simple "uh, yes", "uh, no" or "uh, I don't now" responses without elaborating. He was obsessed with fame and celebrity and his statement, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.", is often paraphrased.

In the late 60s one of Andy's groupies, who had earlier been refused entry to the studio, returned and shot him and another individual who happened to be there at the time. Andy nearly died and never entirely recovered from the wound. He died twenty years later as a result of neglecting his health because he had a fear of doctors and hospitals.

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