Pop Art founder Andy Warhol (1923 – 1987) became acclaimed for his images of women’s shoes when he was a commercial artist in the 1950s, drawing them for retail store I. Miller. Returning to the motif in the 1980s, Warhol set sparkling, multi-colored women’s shoes against black backgrounds. He loved jewels and tried to create his “Diamond Dust Shoes” series from powdered diamond dust but it was too chalky to create sufficient sparkle in his “Diamond Dust Shoes,” so Warhol used crushed glass, instead.
Andy Warhol (1923 – 1987), one of the 20th century’s most creative, prolific and influential artists, defined a decade and a culture with his groundbreaking Pop Art. Initially a popular Manhattan commercial artist, Warhol achieved fame with his multiple images of soup cans, soda bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, which revealed the beauty within mass culture. Innovator of silkscreening, Warhol’s talents also encompassed filmmaking, music production, commercial illustration, writing and magazine publishing.