Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol arrived in Manhattan in the summer of 1949 as a graduate in Pictorial Design from the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. He was born (August 6th 1928) in Pittsburgh and spent his childhood there. His parents were working-class immigrants from Slovakia.

His first job was drawing shoes for the fashion pages for Glamour magazine and famously illustrating an article called Success is a Job in New York.

In 1952 Hugo Gallery presented his first solo exhibition with Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote. His blotted line technique proved a hit with art directors and he soon was regularly commissioned by Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar. He created drawings for I. Miller advertisements and art work for the windows of Bonwit Teller. He was also commissioned by Columbia Records and Tiffany & Co. The ‘a’ at the end of Warhola was dropped as part of this gradual self promotion and self invention and he quickly became one of the most sought-after illustrators in America. He set up Andy Warhol Enterprises Inc. to handle his business and by late 1959 had moved to a stylish townhouse on Lexington Avenue with his mother who was co-opted into service, producing the distinctive decorative calligraphy that adorned much of his work.

The 1960s saw Warhol develop into the world’s foremost Pop Artist as he concentrated on producing paintings, photographs, prints, films and videos and his very own Interview magazine. The body of work Warhol created in this period is now considered to be amongst the most important and influential in the post war era. He seldom discussed his pre-Pop career.

On February 22nd 1987, while in recovery from a routine gall bladder surgery, Warhol died. Plans to house The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh were announced in 1989, two years after the establishment of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York.

Andy Warhol - 'Halston $'

Unique Work

Andy Warhol

‘Halston $’

1980′s

Andy Warhol 1948-1960, Book - Andy Warhol

Book

Andy Warhol 1948-1960

Published by Timothy Taylor Gallery 2007

Andy Warhol Fashion, Books - Andy Warhol

Book

Andy Warhol Fashion

Foreword by Simon Doonan.

Published by Thames & Hudson, 2004

US Harper's Bazaar, July 1960 - Andy Warhol

Magazine

US Harper’s Bazaar

featuring work by Andy Warhol

July 1960

US Harper's Bazaar, Sep 1964 - Andy Warhol

Magazine

US Harper’s Bazaar

featuring work by Andy Warhol

Sep 1964

US Vogue, Feb 15th 1965 - Andy Warhol

Magazine

US Vogue

featuring work by Andy Warhol

Feb 15th 1965

Vogue Paris, Dec 1983 - Andy Warhol, René Gruau

Magazine

Vogue Paris

featuring work by Gruau and Warhol

Dec 1983