Warhol, born to working class parents, was enamored with glamorous and beautiful people, and was a master at self-promotion. His earlier work (soup cans, brillo boxes, etc.) were comments on commercialism, and a natural extension of his illustrative work in advertising. He liked that these common products were used by the elite as well as regular people. He quickly became the darling of the '60s Pop Art world, and his Factory was the place to be seen. Celebs mingled with beautiful wanna be's and drag queens.
He is best known for his silkscreen portraits of pop culture icons (Marilyn, Elvis, Jackie), which is pretty much the opposite of Van Gogh's peasants and nature paintings. He professed to love the superficial, and declared that everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. Like Van Gogh, he was quite prolific, but with a number of assistants to help produce his work, this was controversial (no surprise his studio was called the Factory). He found success early, and his legacy to the art world is a mirror to our culture.
I painted both of these small portraits in a loose style. I updated Van Gogh's look as a gentle parody. Both of these have sold, and are no longer available.