Tomato Ketchup and Peach Halves and Pop Art 5
Pop Art and its Influence
University College: Azusa Pacific University
Andy Warhol was famous for helping pioneer the Pop Art culture in the United States. Just like many artists, he was influenced by others that painted similar styles. The paintings in which Warhol became so famous for illustrated not only simple, everyday items, but objects in which anyone walking down the street would be able to see without having to concentrate and think about the message or image he wanted to show. Pop Art Culture was beginning to become popular, but it originated overseas just a little after the world war.
Pop Art first arose in about 1954 by British critics by the name of Lawrence Alloway as well as Richard Hamilton. These two were amongst the many that founded of the Independent Group who explored approaches to contemporary visual culture then soon became the forerunners to British Pop Art (POP ART - THE ART OF POPULAR CULTURE, 2017). British artist Richard Hamilton described pop art as "popular, transient, expendable, low cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, big business." As Warhol himself put it, "Once you 'got' pop, you could never see a sign the same way again. And once you thought pop, you could never see America the same way again."(Andy Warhol Biography.com, 2017). Warhol’s illustration of the Box of Tomato Ketchup and box of Del Monte Peach Halves were just one of the paintings that Warhol done during the Pop Art Era that “marked a direct rebellion against Abstract Expressionism, by almost completely removing any evidence of the artist's hand” (Artists: Andy Warhol, 2017). A lot of his work emphasized popularity amongst materialistic items. One may believe Warhol’s distortion of brand items and distorted celebrity faces illustrate cultures obsession with money and fame, while another may perceive it to be his own interpretation of everyday culture. No matter which ever how you choose to believe his reasoning behind his paintings, the commonality between most of his work is that the images he chooses to use are everyday items that the ordinary person would be able to recognize and or relate to.
Being able to recognize an object from afar makes it relatively easy to catch someone’s eye. I believe that was Warhol’s intention, to easily grab someone’s attention and to easily convey whatever message. This was very important during the post-war era. Though the World War has ended, the era of big business has boomed, and Warhol succeeded at advertisement art. The way he could use such simple items in which anyone can identify allowed such consumers to want to see it more, or have it. Being able to find that common ground with everyday people is what made him famous; he...