Andy Warhol, ‘Camouflage (FS II.406)’, 1987, Revolver Gallery

Camouflage 406, is the first screenprint in Andy Warhol’s eight print series. It is one of the most recognizable as the pattern is used for American military uniforms. While Warhol distinguishes his prints from the source with the imposition of his trademark bright colors, this print’s colors most closely adhere to the pattern’s source which is characterized by a variation of dark and light greens. He also adds stark white accents, making the print more abstract looking than a simple recreation of the militaristic pattern.

Signature: Edition of 80, 3 PP, 1 EP, 84 individual TP not in portfolios, signed and numbered in pencil on verso by the executor of The Estate of Andy Warhol on a stamped certificate of authenticity.

The Camouflage portfolio was the last set of prints Andy Warhol published before his death the same year. His assistant, Jay Shriver, had shared with Andy that he was working on abstract paintings by pushing paint through the mesh of military cloth and immediately Andy became inspired. He had Shriver run down to the local New York army surplus store near Union Station to buy some camouflage fabric. As soon as Jay had returned with the fabric, the fabric was photographed and the mesh was removed to only reveal the shapes and patterns of the fabric. Changing the originally dreary military color scheme to vivid ‘60s psychedelic colors, Warhol appropriated the composition of camouflage into striking abstract pieces of pop art. Warhol died the same year the Camouflage portfolio were printed and was not given the opportunity to sign these. While still alive, Warhol had the opportunity to exhibit the Camouflage screenprints only once at a group show in New York, 1986.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York