In Mick Jagger (F. & S. II.145), Andy Warhol depicts Mick Jagger, rockstar and lead singer of the Rolling Stones, in high contrast. Jagger looks over his bare right shoulder towards the viewer. In his signature fashion, Warhol has used collage elements to frame elements of Jagger’s face. Here, he has used green and black to draw attention to Jagger’s lips, and a grey band like a mask over Jagger’s eyes. Warhol also employed drawing to add details back in, emphasizing again Jagger’s eyes, lips, and nose. A part of the larger 1975 series Mick Jagger, this signed screen print comes from an edition of 250.
Warhol produced the series Mick Jagger after Mick and Bianca Jagger spent the summer at his Long Island residence. Close friends since their meeting in 1963, Warhol and Jagger had already collaborated on the Rolling Stones’ 1971 studio album Sticky Fingers. During Jagger's stay, Warhol snapped the polaroid photographs that serve as the basis of this series. After producing the ten images that comprise this series, Warhol had Jagger sign the images too, highlighting the collaborative nature of this project. It is this unique detail, as well as the transitioning style displayed by Warhol, that make these images some of Warhol’s most popular.