Andy Warhol could possibly be the worlds most artistically iconic figure. Ironically so, the Andy Warhol photo effect is also one of the most ground breaking ideas ever invented. By making paintings from a silkscreen and inking the back, the Andy Warhol photo effect had been effective in creating masterpieces like the Eight Elvises. The Eight Elvises is a unique piece in itself, as are other pieces like the mass produced Cambpells Soup can. That is what makes the Andy Warhol photo effect so unique, his ability to mass produce a picture of a mass produced product.
It's amazing to think that his paintings started out with comic-like pictures of Popeye and Superman and then refined into the Eight Elvises. He had progressed to very high standards of art as he got older. His Andy Warhol photo effect, up until the peak of his career had never been seen before. With reproduction of people in his photos, including the Eight Elvises, he helped modernize and make a point about American culture. The Andy Warhol photo effect and its impact on society even made Andy Warhol begin to start producing films that would cover such topics as boredom and repetitive themes. Even though these could be found in his paintings such as the Eight Elvises.
Andy Warhol had a very large effect on his musical peers and began to closely identify with the Velvet Underground. He had lot of musical influences, but made what was the identifiable "Pop Culture" movements symbols, such as Eight Elvises a mark for his musical opinion. Or maybe they were just his personal opinion. Whatever his reasons are for painting the infamous Eight Elvises, this painting is a perfect example of his Andy Warhol photo effect.
Andy Warhol was shot in the chest by a woman who was failing as a superstar. Andy Warhol was pronounced dead and then with a quick massaging of the heart came back to life! He continued on to create the Eight Elvises and other mass produced works using his Andy Warhol photo effects. Even if she was successful in killing Warhol, his art like the Eight Elivises and his Andy Warhol photo effect would have stood the test of time and lived on.
In 2009, an unknown artist purchased Andy Warhol's famous painting, the Eight Elvises for a ridiculously priced 100 million dollars. What makes the Eight Elvises so special? It's not only that this was the only single portrait ever done by Andy Warhol but that it was used with the Andy Warhol photo effect. There is no other photo out of the thousands that Andy Warhol produced with the Andy Warhol photo effect that was only a single print. With sales so high in the Warhol market, people are beginning to see how revolutionary the Andy Warhol photo effect really was. Andy Warhol was just one of those people who could take bad thing out of American Society and find a good place for it in American art culture.