Robert Crumb is a prolific artist and contributed to many of the seminal works of the underground comix movement in the 1960s. Crumb first began drawing record covers in 1968 when Big Brother & The Holding Company asked him to provide a cover for their album Cheap Thrills.
Crumb first drew a pen and ink cartoon/portrait of Janis Joplin in 1969. This is not that portrait! Almost 30 years later, Crumb drew another portrait of Janis (in the same pose and with the same background) which is this portrait. This portrait was released as an etching in 2008. In 2019, Crumb colored the portrait for a screen printer in Europe who produced a screen print edition of this image (120 prints). With slight variations, we're now offering Crumb's colored version of his portrait of Janis Joplin with a 300 print giclée edition. The Somerset Velvet archival paper is 17" x 24," the image is 13" x 17." The edition is printed with Epson Ultrachrome archival inks.