• WarholSurf: The Skull Print

WarholSurf: The Skull Print

It is with great pride that we present our 2nd collection with one of the world's greatest artists, Andy Warhol. In honor of this second collection, the Andy Warhol Foundation has provided us with the stories behind some of Warhol's most iconic pieces that have been translated into this collection. This installment features his famous self-portrait taken with a skull. Here is the full story of Warhol's skull series -

"In August 1962, Andy Warhol began to generate the imagery for his paintings from photographs transferred onto silk screens. Commenting on the fragility of life, Warhol said, “Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”

For the Skulls series of works in 1976, Warhol had his assistant photograph a skull Warhol bought in Paris while doing his favorite activity, antique shopping.

In 1978, for his fiftieth birthday, Warhol painted self-portraits with a skull close to his head (either balanced on his shoulder, or on his head). The personal association with death, and perhaps a private readiness for it, became obvious in this instance."

Warhol himself said "I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say 'Figment'." This famous portrait series is part of Volume II of the WarholSurf collection, which can be found here.

Billabong WarholSurf Skull