Rupert Jasen Smith

Rupert Jasen Smith Jr.,[1953-1989], was an artist and master printer of Andy Warhol's silkscreen works.

He established a close relationship with Warhol in the 1970s and was named his master printmaker and art director in 1977 - only four years after graduating from the Pratt Institute - when he collaborated with Warhol on the Hammer and Sickle painting and silkscreens.

So pleased was Warhol with the master printer's work that the artist allowed Mr. Smith's printer's stamp next to the signature "Andy Warhol" on all of their works.

The works we have from him were printed in 1989 when he visited Japan and are part of the Hommage to Andy Warhol series. They are signed on the front with edition number. Most are framed, either with a simple black frame or plexiglass box. You can see more info in our online store :

Warhol's works bearing Mr. Smith's mark include his portraits of Princess Grace of Monaco, Ingrid Bergman, Mickey Mouse and Edward Kennedy, as well as the works known as Reigning Queens - 1985, Endangered Species - 1983 and Shoes - 1980 and all the privately commissioned work Warhol did during the last 10 years of his life. He died of AIDS in 1989.
Gallery owner Fred Dorfman said of Mr. Smith: "Rupert could make magic with his silkscreen presses. He was a professional in all respects."

Mr. Smith printer's stamp is also on many of the works of Larry Rivers, Keith Haring, Kenny Scarf and photographer Francesco Scavullo.