An artist’s comeback: Andy Warhol

Reading Andy Warhol is to arrive at a pond which one didn’t know existed in the woods. Andy’s life and works are a striking commentary on life’s trials and how one can choose to deal with them. This Slovenian kid with a dreadful English and hyper-conscious about his looks gave it back to life just the same when it came dealing blows to him. His art was how he got back. His body and its reinvention in later years is how he got back.

Here is him writing of some moments –

At the times in my life when I was feeling the most gregarious and looking for bosom friendships, I couldn’t find any taker so that exactly when I was alone was when I felt the most like not being alone. The moment I decided I’d rather be alone and not have anyone telling me their problems, everybody I’d ever seen before in my life started running after me… As soon as I became a loner in my own mind, that’s when I got what you might call a ‘following’.

It is hard to miss that desire buried underneath his words, “I think everybody should be a machine. I think everybody should like everybody.”

Here goes my favourite portrait of him! 

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