He quickly became a successful and highly paid commercial artist in the 1950's but desperately wished for fame as a fine artist. He was unsuccessful in his efforts and sold few exhibits. Andrew became depressed and believed that the 'fine art world' had rejected his art as old fashioned and irrelevant.
Andy needed new ideas to help boost his creativity. He got several ideas from a woman named Muriel Latow; a gallery owner he knew. She advised him to paint what he loved most (like money) or what everybody would recognize (soup cans and coke bottles). Andy expanded on these ideas and his paintings of the early 60's reflected his progress as a Pop artist. He finally gained the financial success and international fame he had longed for.
Although Andy was identified with Pop art and credited with its invention, this is a misunderstanding of his creative ability. Pop is much more complicated than it seems. In creating Pop art, one must create memorable (although sometimes unrealistic) images and awareness of the unpredictable forces in nature and society in whole. It is not simply the portrayal of popular icons but more of an