Andy Warhol, ‘Skull (FS II.159) ’, 1976, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Skull (FS II.159) ’, 1976, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Skull (FS II.159) ’, 1976, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Skull (FS II.159) ’, 1976, Revolver Gallery

Title: Skull 159
Medium: Screenprint on Strathmore Bristol Paper
Year: 1976
Size: 30” x 40”
Details: Edition of 10 AP, signed and numbered in pencil lower left.

Andy Warhol created Skull 159 in 1976 for a portfolio of four screenprints. Warhol’s assistant photographed a human skull in different positions on a flat surface, exploring the its relationship to light and the shadows created by the object. Warhol then screenprinted the image and layered it with bright red, purple, and yellow blocks of color. He used bold black lines to create the shape and details of the skull and emphasize the shadow it created. After he was shot in 1968, the pop artist shifted toward themes of death disaster in his works. Skull 159 is representative of Andy Warhol’s obsession with death and how his confrontation with mortality influenced his art.

Series: Skull, 1976

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil lower left.

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