Andy Warhol, ‘Kiku FS II.308’, 1983, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Kiku FS II.308’, 1983, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Kiku FS II.308’, 1983, Revolver Gallery

Kiku 308 is part of a portfolio of three screenprints which features the Kiku flower. Kiku, also known as the chrysanthemum, is a Japanese flower that symbolizes the Emperor and Imperial family. In Kiku 308, the composition is fragmented into three sections by color blocks of purple, pink and blue. Warhol is able to capture the natural beauty of the flower with his use of fine detail on the petals, while continuing to imbue his characteristic pop style by layering vibrant colors to create complex color schemes from a small selection of colors.

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