This piece is from a series of six that Warhol made in 1986, and is of Warhol in his ‘fright wig’, the famous silver wig he often wore in later years. Warhol made each picture in the series a different colour, and here he blends his portrait with another of his screenprint series by printing his face in red, white and blue camouflage. Andy Warhol made a series of self-portraits throughout his career, beginning in 1964 and continuing until his death in 1987. Warhol placed a lot of importance on public image, and knew that self-portraits and self-portrayal were key to his success.
Self Portrait (red, white & blue camo)
Date of work
Original: ANDY WARHOL Self-Portrait, 1986 (red, white and blue camo) Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 40 x 40 inches ©/®/TM 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) was an American artist whose work commented on contemporary themes in American society: consumerism, celebrity, mass production, disaster and death. His openness to subject matter was matched by a willingness to explore all media, resulting in an innovative approach to painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, and experimental filmmaking. He introduced popular everyday subjects into his practice, openly acknowledging the wide-ranging influences on his work, and built a lasting reputation as one of the most important figures of the Pop Art movement.