Andy Warhol 1928 - 1987
Born in 1928 he became fascinated with popular celebrity magazines and DC comic books at an early age. In 1937 he began attending free art classes at the Carnegie Institute of Technology eventually studying for a degree in Pictorial Design. In 1949 he moved to New York and was soon offered several commissions which established him as highly successful commercial artist and he then returned to painting and drawing enabling him to hold his first solo exhibition in 1952 at the Hugo Gallery.
In 1960 he produced his first paintings featuring mass-produced objects. 1962 saw him produce the 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans and his masterpiece Marilyn Diptych.
In 1963 Warhol began making films at his studio The Factory. Many are now considered avant-garde cinema classics and he went on to make nearly 600 films 2,500 videos.
Flowers was an exhibition held in Paris, a time when he was making sculptures including the screen printed boxes with logos of Brillo and Heinz Ketchup.
In 1968 Warhol suffered a near fatal assassination attempt, after which he began to obsessively document his life and these were edited and published posthumously in 1987 as The Warhol Diaries.
While in Milan attending the opening of an exhibition of The Last Supper Paintings he complained of severe pains and was eventually checked in to a New York hospital, where he died in recovery from gall bladder surgery at the age of 58.
WARHOL is here – an exhibition of his work is being held at the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill until February 2012.