Artist of the Week: Warhol

Warhol title

Andy Warhol was an American artist born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Initially a commercial illustrator, he took part in the Pop Art movement in the 1950s and 60s and made art from everyday objects.  This movement went against the traditional, commonly held view of what was art.  For those who were part of the Pop Art movement, everything was fair game: household items, photos (especially of famous people), and comics to name a few.  The idea was to use bold but flat colour with minimal detailing.  There were new technologies and materials involved such as acrylics, photos, and fluorescent and metallic colours.

Warhol was especially known for silk-screening, various colour renditions of the same image, and mass production.  However, he had his fingers in many pies as he also worked in film, wrote, and was involved in the music industry (he managed the group The Velvet Underground).

I was all excited to try my hand at creating a Marylyn Monroe style piece with several copies of the same photo spiced up with bold eyeshadow and lipstick colours.  Well, I’ve never done silk-screening (on the list for future things to try) but thought I could cheat and ad lib.  Yeah, no.  No, I could not.

Every year I pick a quote to live by.  Here’s this year’s quote:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are: making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.” -Neil Gaiman

My attempts at faking a Warhol feeling piece definitely fall under the “mistakes” category!  Here was the “best” version for a good laugh (an attempt at layers with my printer):

Warhol mistake

 

Definitely want to try a silk-screening down the road but for now, there are apps for that!

Warhol app versions

There were lots of Warhol styling apps to choose from but I tried fotoflexer.com with the most success (and for free:)

 

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