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. In this image the model adopts a devil-like pose, his arms raised above his head and his flesh illuminated against the dark background. Brutally cropped across his arms and legs, the abstract quality of the image is emphasised by the repetition.