Robbie Conal is one of the most important street artists ever. Period. A Stanford educated master painter, Conal is known for creating intensely detailed, grotesque portraits of (mostly) political figures. Highly politically charged and active, Conal's body of work provides a biting commentary of political corruption and the "bad guys" who engage in it. Conal is also a huge fan of baseball, which often is the subject of his artistic output as well.
The Contra Cocaine image is arguably Conal's most famous and most important. The original 1988 painting is in the permanent collection of LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). In 1988, Conal created street posters from the painting and plastered them around city streets across the United States. The piece was a commentary about the Iran/Contra Scandal under President Reagan. It is this piece and the resulting guerrilla street postering that cemented his place in street art history. It was also his first foray into street art. Conal has been engaging in this activity ever since. He employs a volunteer "army" of guerrilla volunteers to help plaster the posters across city streets.
We have dangerously few of these prints remaining. They are easily one of the most important prints we've ever made and some are in the permanent collections of several museums. Edition of only 100. Signed and numbered.
Robbie Conal Contra Cocaine, 2010 Silkscreen and glitter on paper 24 x 18 inches Edition of 100 Signed and numbered by the artist
Published on the occasion of the exhibition "The Missing Link", at Country Club, 2010