Andy Warhol, ‘Wayne Gretzky #99’, 1984, Waddington's
Andy Warhol, ‘Wayne Gretzky #99’, 1984, Waddington's
Andy Warhol, ‘Wayne Gretzky #99’, 1984, Waddington's

Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York
Published by Frans Wynans, Vancouver
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from the Andy Warhol Studio, New York

From the Catalogue:
The epitome of stardom for any mid-20th century celebrity was having their portrait done by Andy Warhol. “The Great One” had the honour in the 80s, which helped draw attention to the Canadian art market. The composition is very unique in comparison to Warhol’s range of silkscreen prints – exhibiting a collage-like style, the focal point being a portrait of the young budding hockey star positioned onto a white background. While the supporting details of Gretzky’s uniform are muted, the silkscreen process comes alive through the swatches of orange and blue neon hues, creating a rich pastiche of texture and colour. Not only does Warhol’s neon palette exude the decade’s prevalence of bold colour, but the silkscreen application is reminiscent of spray paint, a medium that was also gaining traction. During this time, Warhol worked closely with young artists, including collaborating with Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose artistic influence can be seen in this print.
Courtesy of Waddington's

Signature: signed by Andy Warhol and Wayne Gretzky, and numbered 156/300 in pencil


Private Collection, Vancouver

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