Born in Pittsburgh in 1928, Andy Warhol would later establish himself as one of the giants of modern art, embracing an array of mediums as the figurehead of the Pop-Art movement. After moving to New York in 1949 he began work as a commercial artist, collecting commissions on the strength of his light-hearted ink illustrations. It was during this early period of the artist’s career that he started experimenting with silkscreen printing. He would fully embrace this medium in the 1960s, where his large-scale works of American icons – from Elvis to the electric chair – catapulted him to artistic superstardom. After narrowly surviving an attempted assassination attempt in 1968 Warhol worked up until his death in 1987, continually returning to the themes of celebrity and consumer culture.