Artist: Steve Kaufman
Title: Elephant Power
Medium: Original Hand Painted Screen print see photos
Size Framed 35.25" x 35.25"
Unframed: 41.25" x 41.25"
Edition size: Unique (Kaufman's unique editions consisted of 1-5 pieces generally of these hand painted screen prints). Came directly from Steve Kaufman's former manager Paul Hayeland. The piece is mint and this is the first time it has been offered to the public.
Condition: The condition of this piece is outstanding. The piece is extremely bright and the canvas is in outstanding condition. The piece has been professionally mounted and framed. The framing was done using the hardboard method with reversible glue. Should you ever want to free up the canvas lightly heat with a hair drying and the piece will come off with no residue. What is great about this method and most popular with our customers is that it eliminates any fatigue in the stretch and gives a rich solid look as you can see from the pictures. Even though the technique costs more the framing and shipping are free!
Steve Kaufman is one of the most influential pop artists in U.S. history. His work appreciated for both its technical merit and its historical importance in pushing the pop art movement forward. Steve Kaufman single handedly transformed pop art from a discipline focused on ordinary object to art with social relevance. Even by artist standards, Steve Kaufman was an extremely precocious child. He held his first art show at his synagogue when he was only 8 years old, and works from that show are now hanging in the Jewish Holocaust Memorial in Brooklyn, New York. At age 12, Kaufman achieved his first commercial success when he was commissioned to paint custom pet rocks for the New York City Macys department store. Kaufman continued to experience success selling his art during his teens before enrolling in the famous New York institution the Parsons School of design.
Steve Kaufman met the American pop art pioneer Andy Warhol at Studio 54 in New York City. The two soon developed a friendship and working relationship where Kaufman served as Warhol’s assistant at his famous studio called “The factory.” Kaufman was heavily influenced by Warhol’s style. He and Warhol used many of the same mediums including, sculpture, photography, stained glass, mixed media and filmmaking, but his paintings and prints are by far the most famous. He is also famous for painting unusual objects, including Mercedes Benz and a Formula One Race Car. He is famous for painting celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Muhammed Ali, Marilyn Monroe, and Jackie Kennedy. He also produced a very successful screen print series of Cohibacigars that remain some of Kaufman’s bestselling work today.
Early American pop art focused on making ordinary objects and images into works of art. Critics of pop art have criticized the school of art for being cold and lacking human emotion. While pop art was often injected with a sense of humor and an invitation for the audience to reflect on their value set, there was not much inherent personality in the paintings. Steve Kaufman’s art was a pioneer in changing the face or pop art to a more human one with added social relevance. Kaufman was a major advocate for AIDs awareness and one of the recognizable pieces of Kaufman art is his 5 foot by 5 foot canvas of Trojan condoms. He also used his art to promote racial equality and advocate for an end to homelessness. Outside of his art, he also donated his time and money to many socially significant campaigns including programs to protect the environment, end gang violence, and feed the hungry.
While Kaufman pushed the pop art discipline forward in regards to subject matter, he also pushed the discipline forward in regard to technique. Pop artist has always favored screen printing as a medium, but instead of producing multiple identical prints Kaufman would make each one unique. He would paint something different on each print in a series, making each one identifiably unique. This not only created more value for each print in a series, but it also elevated the print making process to incorporate elements of mixed media. His new techniques couple with his social awareness set Steve Kaufman apart from other contemporary pop artists.
At only 49 years old, Steve Kaufman passed away in 2010. Although his art career was short lived, he produced more successful art during his short career than most artists due in lifetimes that are twice as long. Kaufman art continues to be extremely popular. His original paintings and prints can be found in museums and private collections around the world.
Although it has never happened to date, if you find an item to not be authentic we offer an immediate return with shipping paid by us. If you change your mind about an item after the purchase, returns will be accepted but are subject to a 10% re-stocking fee and return shipping will be at your own expense. The restocking fee is non-negotiable due to the the overhead involved in packaging, shipping, and opportunities lost from others following the piece as well as the time spent facilitating the return process with ebay and paypal. Returns must come back in original condition that they were sent. Please only serious bidders.
We are art aficionados in the middle of the frozen tundra: Minnesota. Our gallery’s connections, buying power, and helpful partnerships have allowed us to acquire our gallery collectibles for far under retail or appraisal prices and pass the savings onto our customers. Our buying policies include a guarantee or authenticity and a life time exchange policy in order to insure we offer the safest possible platform for fine art collectors. Look up Modern Artifact on the BBB’s website for more information and you will find a history of no complaints and an A+ Rating.
Ever notice how some pieces seem almost artificially bright in photos online? We do not enhance any of our photos with Photoshop outside of labeling them with our watermark. The photos of our pieces are done by a professional photographer who also manages the Minneapolis Photo Center. We realize the importance of having accurate photos and take this seriously by hiring the best to photo our pieces.
Please use the links within ebay to contact us with any questions. You can also reach out to us at 855-ART-0123 (278-0123).
Unless otherwise noted, we offer Free Shipping to the continental United States and $100 flat fee international shipping. All our packaging is done with the utmost care to ensure safe delivery.
Every piece of ours in guaranteed authentic and comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity along with all original paperwork
We know people change! A piece that works perfectly for you right now might be the right fit forever. We offer a lifetime exchange policy for the original purchase value of your art, memorabilia, collectible, or antique towards any new item. These items must remain in the original condition they were in and we can’t accept damaged pieces at full value on the exchange.
International shipping is a flat fee of $100 per item provided the items fit through the international program provided through ebay. For items that will not work through that program, we have alternate options we can share with you. Some items may be able to be combined. Please reach out to with any questions about shipping.