Andy Warhol, ‘WAYNE GRETZKY FS II.306’, 1984, Grove Fine Art

Edition: of 300.
Warhol created this print of “The Great One” in 1984 to help draw attention to the Canadian art market. Though Warhol was not a big hockey fan he said of Gretzky “He’s more than a hockey player, he’s an entertainer” (the artist in an interview with Matthew Flamm for CBC Radio News, January 1983). Wayne Gretzky was Canada’s biggest celebrity in the early eighties and is still considered by many the greatest player of the game. Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York. Artwork is in excellent condition.

Signature:  Hand signed and numbered in pencil, lower left by Andy Warhol. Hand signed in pencil, lower right by Wayne Gretzky.

Publisher: Published by Frans Wynans, Vancouver, Canada.

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