Andy Warhol No. 1 from Mick Jagger 1975 from a series of ten colour screenprints 109/250 National Gallery of Australia

Andy Warhol (United States of America 1928–1987)

No. 1 from Mick Jagger 1975
from a series of ten colour screenprints
impression 109 from an edition of 250
111.5 x 73.6 cm
Collection of the National Gallery of Australia

By the 1970s Warhol no longer relied on found imagery and had considerably expanded his range of subjects. He often took his own photographs and the ‘hand-made’ look became increasingly evident by additions of collage elements using torn cheap graphic Color Aid papers, which were produced in a seemingly endless array of colours. The series of ten screenprints of Mick Jagger were characteristic of this change in style and the artist used a selection of ten of his own photographs that he had taken of Jagger.

Warhol had met Jagger in 1963 when the band the Rolling Stones were not well known in the United States. Warhol had designed the band’s provocative album cover Sticky Fingers with its focus on a man’s crotch and a zipper that opened. The album and the design proved to be a huge success and Warhol, ever keen to make money, lamented that he had not been paid enough given the millions of copies that sold. No doubt with an eye for financial success, Warhol turned to the subject of Mick Jagger, now a celebrity friend and part of the New York club scene.