Andy Warhol, ‘Pine Barrens Tree Frog (FS II.294) ’, 1983, Revolver Gallery

Title: Pine Barrens Tree Frog 294
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
Year: 1983
Size: 38″ x 38″
Edition: Edition of 150, signed and numbered in pencil. Portfolio of 10.

Andy Warhol created Pine Barrens Tree Frog 294 for his Endangered Species portfolio. The tree frog was listed as endangered from 1977-1983 and can only be found in three distinct areas in the Eastern United States. In 1983, Warhol was commissioned to create a portfolio of ten animals to raise awareness of endangered species by Ron and Freyda Feldman. Ron and Freyda were very active philanthropists. Also featured in this series are the San Francisco Silverspot, the Giant Panda, African Elephant and Grevy’s Zebra. In this print, Warhol created a larger than life image of the tiny tree frog that made this animal a pop art icon. The dark background is contrasted by the bright primary colors and clean white lines used to highlight the frog. This portfolio is widely sought after by collectors because of the use of bold colors by Andy Warhol, who fondly referred to this portfolio as his “animals in makeup.”

Series: Endangered Species Portfolio.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil.

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, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States