This very special limited-edition serigraph is based on a Heroes of the Blues trading card set, and was created by Robert Crumb with the support of Alex from Wildwood Serigraphs. Crumb selected 25 cards from the 36 in the Heroes of the Blues card set, and is then made a new masthead for the edition. These are his personal selections for the print. Each portrait was scanned and colour separated followed by some considerable retouching to get the scans back as close to the original drawings as possible. The original art was covered with zip-a-tone screens, which were used to colour the art. Unfortunately, these also diffused and muddied the black lines, so for this edition Crumb did all the retouching of the scans by hand, restoring these wonderful portraits to their original quality. Pictures of the print as a work in progress are can be seen on the fascinating blog by Alex from Wildwood Serigraphs at http://rcrumb.com/bluesproject.html.
Limited Edition of 150
Signed and numbered in pencil by Robert Crumb
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.