Rats and Star
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015

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Rats and Star 1983

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
This poster features the front and back designs for Rats & Star’s album ‘Soul Vacation’. The eighties Japanese pop group’s name originates in the belief that it is possible to be a ‘rat’, coming from a less prosperous background, and still become a star: a notion close to Warhol’s heart as the son of working-class immigrants. In the design by Warhol from 1983, he draws on this idea of advancement and progression with the left side appearing incomplete, showing the working process or beginnings of creating a screenprint. The right side then shows the finished portraits of the men as stars. He incorporates blocks of colour beneath a black print over which he has layered printed hand-drawn elements.


  • Acc. No. AR00448
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 57.20 x 84.00 cm (framed: 64.00 x 90.50 x 3.80 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008