About the artist
Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – Pittsburgh, February 22, 1987) was an American artist, film director, and author. Warhol also worked as a music producer and actor. From his background and experience in applied arts, Warhol was one of the protagonists of popart in the United States in the 1950s and 60s. Warhol is also called the silver prince of the said doll.
Warhol is particularly famous for his ‘flat’ and contrasting paintings and screen prints of packaged products and everyday objects such as Campbell’s soup cans, flowers and the banana on the cover of the album The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967), as well as his stylized portraits of 20th-century celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Grace Jones. Elvis Presley, Queen Beatrix, and Elizabeth Taylor.
Created in 1985, “Reigning Queens” is Andy Warhol’s largest portfolio of silkscreen prints. The series features 16 colorful prints portraying four ruling queens at that time: Queen Elizabeth II of England, Queen Beatrix of Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland. Notably, “Reigning Queens” only includes queens who assumed the throne by birthright, not through marriage. Warhol, who was fascinated by universal images, based these silkscreens on the queens’ official state portraits, choosing these depictions because they were often mass-produced on stamps and currency. In 2012, England’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrated 60 years on the throne by buying four of Warhol’s portraits of her for the Royal Collection, bringing the Pop artist one step closer to his notorious wish: “I want to be as famous as the Queen of England.”