Elvis Presley was one of Warhol’s earliest subjects, one in which he revisited several times throughout his career. In 1963, Warhol developed a twenty two piece series called Elvis for a solo show at The Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. He had been gaining momentum in his career after his Campbell’s Soup Cans show at the same gallery the year before.
The image used was one taken from a publicity still from the 1960’s film Flaming Star. In this photo, Elvis Presley is dressed as a cowboy with gun drawn, rather than the usual guitar in hand, revealing Warhol’s intent to depict Elvis as an actor, rather than to portray him as a musician.
Warhol typically borrowed his images of celebrities from newspapers and publicity photos; this work is based on a publicity still from Elvis Presley’s 1960 western film, Flaming Star. Like most of Warhol’s paintings as well as his Brillo Box sculptures, Single Elvis was created through screenprinting (also called silkscreen), a stenciling process in which a design is transferred to a fine fabric, blank areas are coated with an impermeable substance, and ink is then pushed through the open areas of the fabric to transfer the design onto the printing surface. The #technique
permits images to be reproduced repeatedly with slight variations in each printing.
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