a close encounter with warhola
who was the most glamorous pop artist of the 20th century?
andy warhol,definitely. without a question.
i don’t know what andy warhol means to most people but to me, he was possibly the father of pop-art. whenever i think of pop art, i think of the glamorization of the campbell soup ads,neon colored marilyn monroe posters and bright florescent colored prints of famous people.
he was an icon of glamour, fame and his talent was nothing short of a subject of fascination. above everything else, andy warhol’s life was the epitome of hedonism marked by milestone parties and famous people.
while so much of his life had been documented and work exhibited via countless channels( i mean seriously the man has a museum for his work), i feel so blessed to be able to see another side of andy through his nephew james warhola.
we were invited to the elements mall last week to see andy’s work on display at the mall. while some of it are very familiar to us; james warhola was generous enough to put his uncle’s unpublished work on display for all to see.
before making his name as the world’s most famous pop artist, andy warhol was a painter and an animator who had been drawing his entire life. james warhola brought his uncle’s work done using ball point pen which was believed to have been one of his favorite medium of choice. whenever he made a mistake, he would find a way to incorporate that into his drawing.
here are some facts that i have just learnt about andy warhol
- he liked drawing feet of famous people
- at one point he had 25 siamese cats at home which looked identical and his mother would use funny names to describe them
besides andy warhol’s work, james’s art is also on display. very much like his uncle, james loves to draw and he himself is quite a famous animator. his work is endearing and a lot of it was centered on how andy warhol was like when he was at home.
the exhibition a close encounter with warhola is now on at the elements mall.