Love him or hate him, Andy Warhol is an undeniably important figure in American Art History. His work was seen as controversial, as it allowed for mistakes and often referenced pop culture. It was abhorred by some, claiming that he was just copying photographs. It was applauded by many as mysterious, fresh and new.
His interest in art began at a young age when he developed chorea, a nervous system disease that causes tension and involuntary movements of muscles in the extremities. It is thought to be a complication of scarlet fever. Because of his ailment, he spent much of his childhood at home, in bed listening the radio and drawing. It was in this time that he developed a close relationship with his mother. Later in his life he recognized the importance of this period in his life.
In the late 50’s he attended the School of Fine Arts at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. He experimented in all medias-painting, ink drawing, sculpting and even film and music.
As a result he gained some recognition for his whimsical ink drawings and was commissioned to do a few shoe advertisements. He promptly adopted silk screen printmaking as a choice process for his work. In his process, he basically blotted paper to ink while it was still wet, the most rudimentary form of screen printing. It was these works that initially got him into the Hugo and Bodley galleries in New York City. It was also this style-where mistakes were not dealt with but welcome that helped to establish the style that would eventually make him famous.
“When you do something exactly wrong, you always turn up something.” - Warhol
His first solo pop-art exhibition was hosted at the Stable Gallery, it included the Campbell’s Soup Can and Marylin Diptych.
He continued to gain fame and recognition for his artwork and the culture that he created.
And now, Plush Rugs carries the Oriental Weavers Andy Warhol Factory collection.
Warhol was famous for using new technologies and pushing the envelope. The gradation and imperfection seen in Warhol’s prints in the “Factory” days. The abstracted colors and funky designs are echoed here in these designs.
This is the Oriental Weavers Sphinx-Andy Warhol Factory HM-14114. In red and twilight green. It is the ideal decorative piece for any modern living room or dining area.
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