Pop art started from with New York artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein , James Rosenquist and Claes Oldenburg. Because of them popular imagery became a world phenomenon. Pop art artists were inspired by commonplace objects and people they meet in daily life. Pop art soon became one of the most recognizable forms of modern because of the commercial images used.
A silkscreen print of pop artist Andy Warhol’s self portrait will be auctioned for the first time with an estimated price of $A11.7 million. The self portrait is one of the sequences of prints that were made from the snapshots that Andy Warhol took in a New York dime-store photo booth in 1963 when he was about 35 years old.
The first of the nine different artworks was auctioned at Sotheby’s with a listed estimated price of $A8 million to nearly $A12 million. The photos were the symbols of Warhol’s move from being an artist into a pop art icon because “selfie” became an art of individualism.
In the early 60’s Andy Warhol achieved fame through his portrayal of well known celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor. When Andy Warhol placed himself before the camera, it meant that he was purposely joining the ranks of self portraying icons like Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.
Most pop artists started their careers in commercial art and Andy Warhol was one of them. He used to be a successful magazine illustrator and graphic designer. His background in commercial art provided the training in the visual world of pop culture.
Warhol has successfully predicted that in the near future, people will get instant fame for 15 minutes. Warhol was certainly true to his prophesy because of the presence of Instagram where self portraits are being posted every second of the day.
Self portraits have never been more relevant to contemporary culture because of the immense popularity of selfies today. Pop Art Prints from self portraits can be a unique décor for your room. The artwork can be a portrait of a celebrity or it can be a human interest photograph. Due to increasing demand, Pop Art Prints have been addedto bestselling artworks.