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Made in conjunction with The Andy Warhol Foundation, this rare set of skate decks features Andy Warhol's infamous Camouflage series.

The Camouflage Paintings confront issues of pattern and design within the context of the New York School of Abstraction. Using an image which is itself a simplification of nature, Warhol addresses the history of landscape painting.

The Camouflage paintings were a personal vision of Andy’s. No gallery had commissioned him to create these paintings for an exhibition. Warhol is reported to have asked his studio assistants, “What can I do that would be abstract but not really abstract?” Camouflage gave him the opportunity to work with both an abstract pattern and an immediately recognizable image, rich in associations. Unlike military motifs, Warhol’s camouflage paintings reflect bright synthetic and inorganic colors, which would not provide a veil or disguise in any landscape. Created by artists at the military’s request, camouflage dates from the early 20th century. It was first used for concealment of equipment, and then for uniforms. As Warhol invented more camouflage works he incorporated the pattern into his self-portraits. In these works, the juxtaposition of identity and disguise mirrors the artist’s lifelong struggle to gain notoriety while keeping his own private life hidden.

Andy Warhol (1928-1994) defined a decade and a culture with his groundbreaking Pop Art. He is considered by many to be the most influential American artist of the second half of the 20th century. Initially a popular Manhattan commercial artist, Warhol achieved fame with his multiple images of soup cans, soda bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, which revealed the beauty within mass culture.

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh, UK)
Guggenheim Bilbao (Bilbao, ES)

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Provenance:
  • Private collection, USA
  • Pickup Location: Virginia, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 31 x 8 in. (78.74 x 20.32 cm.)
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