Andy Warhol

Born Andrew Warhola in August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987. He was a leading American artist in the visual art movement know as pop art, a style he’s now renowned for. It was in the 1950’s when he got his big opportunity as a working artist being hired by RCA Records.

1952 saw Warhol design one of his first successful works for RCA Victor’s album Progressive Piano. This rare album cover uses ink out lined hands playing red and blue coloured piano keys with some of the greatest jazz artist ever including names such as Art Tarum, Lennie Tristano and Mary Lou Williams in these keys.


1958 following of from a few more successful works he created another album cover for a jazz musician called Kenny Burrell. The album called Blue Lights was one of Burrell’s most notable records, having released 106. Like his previous work for RCA Victor he uses the same techniques, portraying an inked out line of a woman laying down with a rather seductive look on a turquoise colour background.


1967, by now Warhol has become successful and well known for his works. This saw more well know artists on the music scene gravitate towards Warhol to create album covers for them in his unique style. The Velvet Underground were one such band, there album The Velvet Underground & Nico saw Warhol using his inked outlines with colour fill to create a old looking banana. In a way this was symbolic of of the rock groups controversial subject matter of drug abuse, prostitution, masochism and sexual deviancy.


1977, Warhol one of the biggest artists of the time saw him design the album Love You Live by one of the biggest rock bands of all time the The Rolling stones. The cover features an image of Mick Jagger biting a hand with multiple colour paper rip outs with pencil lines in certain areas of the image. Who ever pencil smeers that appear across the front were actually added by Mick Jagger which reportedly outraged Warhol.


1986 he created two cover for Aretha Freanklin and John Lennon. Both Freanklin’s Aretha and Lennon’s Menlove Ave sees Warhol use very similar styles. Both use photographs of the artists with colour lines running along the outlines of the faces of both Freanklin and Lennon.




One thought on “Andy Warhol

  1. Warhol, outraged? That’s very hard to imagine, probably one of the most gloriously impassive figures of the art world.
    I’m a huge fan of Warhol’s work, and I enjoyed your blog. Good Job!!


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