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Mark Mothersbaugh Screenprint "Self-Portrait with First Pair of Glasses"

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Mark Mothersbaugh (American, 20th – 21st century)
Self-Portrait with First Pair of Glasses, 2015
Gouache embellished screen-printed halftone on paper
Signed in graphite to the lower left margin
Numbered 12 / 75
Label to the verso for Art Design Consultants Inc. (Cincinnati, OH)

A limited edition screen-printed halftone with paint embellishments on paper titled Self-Portrait with First Pair of Glasses by listed artist Mark Mothersbaugh, dated 2015. The work depicts a digitally manipulated photograph of the artist as a child and was printed by Steam Whistle Letterpress (Newport, KY). Similar works were featured in a 2015 – 2016 exhibition titled Myopia, held at the Contemporary Arts Center. More information about the exhibition can be found in the link below. The item is housed in a composite and wood frame under white matting and acrylic glass.

Mothersbaugh first became interested in art as a child. After discovering he was legally blind and nearsighted, the artist needed glasses. His improved sight opened up new forms to be absorbed, relished, and explored. This relationship between his first pair of glasses and his love for art is expressed in Self-Portrait with First Pair of Glasses. Each print features a manipulated view of the artist, akin to squinting eyesight. Each portrait is then intensely doused in bright colors, with the passion carried on from the artist’s boyhood.

As the co-founder of Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh is best known for his musical endeavors. A talented visual artist, Mothersbaugh combines numerous techniques for his visual arts including rubber stamps, mail art, ink illustrations, vinyl decals, and screen printing. From 1968 – 1972, Mothersbaugh studied fine arts at Kent University. The 1970 shootings deeply impacted the artist, informing a lifelong personal philosophy of “de-evolution” in humanity. This philosophy is reflected in major themes and tensions in the artist’s work. Mothersbaugh has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Notable travelling exhibitions include Homefront Invasion! (2003), Beautiful Mutants (2004), Postcard Diaries (2011), and the retrospective Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia (2014).

This item is being offered to benefit the Contemporary Arts Center.


- minor scuffing to the finish on the frame; minor wrinkling to the paper underneath the acrylic glass.


17.5" W x 23.5" H x 1.5" D

- measures frame; sight size approximately 11" W x 17" H.

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