Andy Warhol, ‘Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (FS II.335) ’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (FS II.335) ’, 1985, Revolver Gallery

Title: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom 335
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
Year: 1985
Size: 39 3/8″ x 31 1/2″
Edition: Edition of 40, signed and numbered in pencil.

Andy Warhol created Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom 335 as part of the 1985 Reigning Queens portfolio. This print is an exemplary of Andy Warhol’s pop art take on classic portraiture. Warhol’s intense pop rendering can been seen in his use of royal purple for the background with accents of Warhol’s classic color blocking technique in complementing colors. By using a bright while for her face and jewelry, Warhol accents her femininity and uses it to spark attention to the subject and illuminate her power. Her gentle facial features draw attention to her piercing blue eyes and her bright purple hair almost blends with the background, illuminating her accented crown and jewelry. Characteristic of this portfolio, Warhol’s portrait shows Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in her own right, rather than as a woman married to and represented by a king. The portfolio consists of sixteen screenprints featuring reigning monarchs from around the world. Also included in this portfolio are Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland. This portfolio is a favorite among collectors for the high profile subject matter and the female empowerment behind the portraits.

Series: Reigning Queens, 1985

Signature: Signed and numbered.

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