"Queen Elizabeth II" by Andy Warhol
"Queen Elizabeth II" Artist Proof by Andy Warhol is part of the Reigning Queens series produced by Warhol in 1985.
The portfolio consists of sixteen screenprints. Warhol depicts these 4 female monarchs in their own right, rather than as women who were married to a king. Warhol also did another series of Reigning Queens (Royal Edition), in which the images were accented with diamond dust.
Warhol’s intense pop rendering of Queen Elizabeth displays a female empowerment through the use of hot pink to surround the figure. The loud and vivid use of color sparks attention to the subject and creates a solid movement around the portrait drawing attention to her navy blue piercing eyes and gentle facial renderings. Yellow is added to accent jewelry pieces Queen Elizabeth displays along with a light blue sash shown sitting on her shoulder. The gradient style composition of color from top to bottom allows the eye to go back and forth between solid and bold color toward the top of the print, to a softer, gradient at the bottom of the print.
This framed lithograph measures 10" x 8" and is not signed where the Certificate of Authenticity will validate both the artist along with the edition.
The Help A Life Foundation was formed in 2007 with the goal of housing and educating adolescent orphaned girls and providing them with a secure and supportive environment. We currently house 52 girls in a building compound capable of accommodating 56 girls and managed with a local staff of nine. Four tutorial rooms are used daily with a staff of six tutors in a range of subjects from English to Biology. 44 girls have completed high school and are at different universities throughout Ethiopia with most studying to become doctors or engineers.
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