Andy Warhol

“The Wonderful World of Fleming Joffe”

1960

Medium
Ink on paper and snakeskin on ink on paper
Dimensions
Image: 480 x 340 mm
frame: 680 x 550 x 28 mm
Acquisition
ARTIST ROOMS 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
Reference
AR00256

Online caption

Fleming-Joffe was a small leather-goods company for whom Warhol created advertisements from 1958 until 1963/4. One of the owners, Teddy Edelman, recalled: “He walked in, we loved his work, and we hired him”. Known for their intriguing use of dyed reptile skin, Warhol transformed the company’s image with captivating illustrations for each product line. He also hand-painted a canopy for one of the company’s showrooms and began a series of illustrations, based on a character called ‘Noa the Boa’, for a short film (which was unfortunately never produced) to be shown at a highly-coveted fashion-award ceremony.