Notes: 22 by 30 inches. Original five-color silkscreen (serigraph) on Rising Stonehenge deckle edge paper, published in an edition of 150 copies.
A copy of this serigraph is owned by the National Portrait Gallery, a division of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington. Their copy can be viewed online. To quote from the Smithsonian's description:
"In February 2005, Hunter S. Thompson, famous for over-the-top "gonzo" journalism and his unrestrained Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, committed suicide. Ralph Steadman, his illustrator-collaborator and friend, created this print, Gonzo Memorial, imagining Thompson's funeral as a way to raise money to assist his widow. Here, Thompson is represented as a flying peacock wearing the writer's signature hat while the ink-trailing creature in the foreground is a stand-in for Steadman. The two-thumbed fist, a personal logo for Thompson, tops the tower planned to launch his ashes into space."
"Six months after Thompson's death, his final wishes were realized in a private funeral at his home in Colorado, during which his remains were successfully launched from a "gonzo tower." Below the print are signatures from Thompson's wife and some of his friends," including Ed Bradley, Anita Thompson, Johnny Depp, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Brinkley, Deborah Fuller, Bill Murray, Laila Nabulsi, Jann Wenner, Bob Braudis, and Juan Thompson. In lieu of the late Thompson's signature, it is stamped with the writer's "Gonzo" stamp. The printer, Joe Petro III, signed the serigraph on the back.
Edition + Condition: A fine copy. Number 26 of 150, signed by the participants.
Publication: Lexington, KY: Joe Petro III, 2006.
Item No: #5369