In the 1960s, Andy Warhol became famous for his bright and intensely colored screen prints of American icons. This included many portraits of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Elizabeth Taylor. But before he became known as the “Prince of Pop Art,” he was a commercial illustrator. Throughout the 1950s, his work premiered in magazines as advertisements. His work as a commercial illustrator inspired him to devote most of his artistic career to investigating consumerism. Warhol recognized that the American way of life was to be constantly buying things and he mocked this through his art. He created images from everyday objects and changed the meaning of them by removing them from their original context. One of his prints widely known for this was the Campbell’s Soup can. This image expanded the meaning of what art is. By taking such a simple, commonly used object he elevated the status of everyday objects to being seen as art.
Warhol’s prints remind me a lot of Izima Kaoru’s photographs. Just like Kaoru, many of Warhol’s images have revolved around celebrities and death. As mentioned before Warhol has an abundance of prints dedicated to the faces of various celebrities. Also, he did a series titled, “Death by Disaster,” with images portraying electrical chairs and car crashes. While Kaoru glamorized his images with high-fashion and beautiful landscapes, Warhol used bold colors to enhance the appeal of his images.