Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Following the gift of a camera in 1976, Warhol began to document photographically every aspect of his life, from the people he met to graffiti on the streets. He also utilised it in his studio to create more formal compositions. In 1986 he developed some of these images into what became known as his stitched photographs. Created by sewing several identical images together, these works are indebted to his early screenprints in their use of repetition and grid formation. The strong contrast between light and shadow in this work emphasises the subject’s muscles and suggests links to classical sculpture. The abstract quality, with the figure harshly cropped across his forehead and thighs, is emphasised by the repetition.