Considered one of the top “pop” artists in the world, Steve Kaufman’s silk-screened canvases should instantly bring to mind the work of the most famous pop artist of all time, Andy Warhol. This is no coincidence. For the better part of a decade, the young Kaufman was a friend and apprentice of the great Warhol, gaining such trust from both the artist and his supporters that Kaufman finished a number of Warhol’s incomplete commissions after the master’s passing. Yet while the influence is undeniable, Kaufman’s work takes the genre’s sophistication a step further, bringing the image into a greater context through a sort of “collage philosophy” that’s apparent in the offered work.
Kaufman’s work reposes in such collections as Calvin Klein’s and Steve Rubell’s, among many other renowned patrons As well, he’s provided commissioned pieces for Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Presented is a fantastic art piece featuring NASCAR superstar, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. This one measures in at 39×42 and showcases Jr. engaged in race thought surrounded by the decoration of his sponsor Budweiser (beer). Two facsimile signatures are also present. Kaufman signed the verso in black “SAK”.