Lavender Disaster by Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol lived from 1928 to 1988. He was one of the most famous artists in the 19th century. It started in elementary drawing his famous “Why Pick On Me” art piece. Warhol soon became famous for his drawing that was put in Carnegie Museum of Art. From then he endeavored every task he was given as an artist and an entrepreneur. After college, Warhol started his are career by being a commercial designer which lead him to exploring more of himself. The early 60’s is when he began to take extreme interest in pop art. Pop art was his main focus in the sixties, where he worked on commercial designs like “Coca-Cola”. Hand painting is the method of artistry until silk screening took his interest. After Warhol’s silkscreen painting of Marilyn Monroe got tremendous feedback, he began a full serious of celebrity portraits using the silkscreen method.
“Electric Chair” by Andy Warhol is a printmaking form of art using silkscreen and acrylic paints. It is apart of his series “Death and Disaster” including pieces that resemble car accidents and severe illnesses. There are many paintings that resemble extremely graphic topics that occurred during this time period. The seriousness of this collection was not intended to be taken lightly as shown. The early 60’s were a time where the death penalty was a debate throughout the world, which is what drives me to believe that this is where his inspiration sprung. Warhol released his famous silkscreen print in 1963, the same year the last execution was made with the deathly chair. He exclaims the reasoning behind all of the disastrous photos was fueled by the negativity of society. To elaborate, it is said that Warhol could only focus on negative actions happening with society and nature so he painted his surroundings. The emotion behind this series is so severe with many different connections to every individual piece.
Silkscreen printing is a style of printmaking that is used with ink and stencils. Stencils used for screen-printing most of the time vary in cloths. . This form of art was widely used throughout the 19th century and eventually became a widely known form of art. The technique’s Warhol used to screen-print his art was a little different than now, considering how long ago it was that he created most of the paintings. Silk was mostly used before learning polyester was the better option. Screen-printing was formally known as “serigraph” in the 1920’s than eventually found the name it has today. The way screen print was applied in the past was with a rubber blade to pass the ink until squeegees came into play. To screen-print, he simply took mesh made from silk,...