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Self-Portrait with Peacock Feather Inkblot

Self-Portrait with Peacock Feather

Charles Lisanby
Ca. 1958

Inkblot Print on Paper
16 x 13 in.; 40.6 x 33 cm.

Gift of Charles Lisanby 

This print, a self-portrait done by Charles soon after meeting Andy Warhol, is a particularly informative artifact from their time together. Done in Andy’s distinctive “blotted ink” style, Charles’ lines nevertheless appear much more clean and finished than Warhol’s ever did. The “blotted ink” drawings, which Andy preferred because of the distinctive line that the technique produced, were made through a very simple process.

As Charles recollects:

“He would take a piece of paper and attach it to the piece of paper that the final drawing was going to be on, with top on top so that it would be a flap so he could fold it back, and he would draw on that with ink. And when it was still wet, fold it back over and blot it onto the other piece of paper”.

After their initial meeting at Bill Cecil’s party, Charles and Andy were virtually inseparable, talking on the phone whenever they weren’t physically together. The two would often spend their Sundays at Charles’ apartment drawing the various riff-raff that filled it and experimenting with various new techniques, including the “blotted ink” process that Andy so adored. Even today, Charles insists that his experience with Warhol enabled him to replicate the famous artists’ work. As he remembers:

“At that time, I was doing a lot of drawings for Andy, too. I could right now sit down and do an “Andy Warhol” drawing. I really could… Once, he had to have a lot of drawings for someone who designed fabrics… and we sat down and in a weekend did over a hundred of them… We were thinking of them together, drawing things around the apartment and ice cream cones and lobsters and what all. We had been drawing everything”.