Robert Crumb produced this original print in 2002, referencing an early photographic portrait of BB King. The fabulous quality of the print cannot be appreciated on a computer monitor; the blue background and the red border were printed twice to give both colors a deep and luxurious finish. The prints are numbered and signed by Robert and were countersigned by BB King himself. Each print is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the printer Alex Wood and by BB King’s manager Floyd Lieberman. This prints are now very rare, and Hypergallery have very few available.
Limited Edition of 245
Signed and numbered in pencil by Robert Crumb and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity
Countersigned by BB King!
About the Artist
Robert Crumb (born 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a U.S. artist and illustrator recognised for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. He currently lives in France.
Crumb was a founder of the underground comix movement and is regarded as its most prominent figure. In the pages of the many comix and counterculture publications, he created characters that became counterculture icons such as Mr. Natural and Fritz the Cat. Crumb's work was suddenly in great demand, and Crumb himself became an anti-establishment icon, a figure that genuinely resisted 'selling out'.
If you are a Janis Joplin fan, then you would probably know that this famed cartoonist designed the cover for Joplin’s album 'Cheap Thrills' as a favor to Joplin, who he befriended in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood where they both resided. He was paid $600 for his work by Columbia Records, which later sold the artwork. Possibly to the benefit of Peter Corriston, Crumb was asked to do a cover for the Rolling Stones but refused because he did not like their music. He has more than seventy album covers to his credit though - quite an accolade for the artist and genre of album cover art alike! Hypergallery has long been a fan of Robert Crumb's work, and we delighted to be able to offer for sale a number of prints that are now impossible to get elsewhere.