The story behind the artwork
To celebrate the opening of the Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum this summer, the museum has commissioned Kristjana to create a print that pays homage to the beloved Mexican artist.
It takes inspiration from Kahlo’s work and the detailed and colourful style of Mexican folk culture. ‘Frida loved flowers often wearing them in her hair and had a deep affinity for animals,’ says Williams. ‘These motifs are the lifeblood of my work too, so it has been moving and inspiring to weave together both our styles.’
The face is modeled on a Mexican skull (a recurrent theme in Kristjana’s work too) and is encircled by a mirror frame, because much of Kahlo’s work takes the form of a self-portrait. Similarly, the wheelchair she would sit in to study her reflection is tangled in the artist’s hair. ‘I wanted to represent Frida’s face because it relates to questions of identity. Who was she? What inspired her? And how does her body of work reflect her Mexican culture and heritage?’ says Kristjana.
Beneath this face, which hangs in a Mexican sky, are two cats. ‘They represent the duality in Frida’s life,’ she explains. ‘Her double origins (father and mother) and the two sides of her, the one Diego her longtime lover adored and the one he didn’t.’
Paper & inks
Process printed in England, on 310 gsm, GF Smith Action Clear Blue Sky paper, which gives the artwork a beautiful shimmery finish. For the true colours of the design to work when printing on an already coloured paper with a shimmer effect, twelve layers of white are printed before printing the final coloured layer.
Please note: Our prints are professionally cut by hand in our studio, therefore sizes can vary by mm. All measurements are approximate and for guidance only.
Print size: A3, 297 mm x 420 mm
Framed dimensions: 450 mm x 570 mm x 35 mm
Edition & signature
Edition of 175, signed and numbered by the artist.
Certificate of Authenticity
All prints come with a physical Certificate of Authenticity. It includes an image of the artwork, the edition number and artwork details.
Framing service available
To ensure your Limited Edition Print is well protected we use ph neutral i.e acid free tapes, board and back mount. The artwork is entirely stuck down and mounted to the frame. Our Frames are bespoke clean white frames with two options of mount - Classic mount or Float mount. For more information on our frames and mounts click here.
If you require a reversible conservation mount please email email@example.com
Delivery & Returns
Unframed prints are delivered within 3-5 working days
Framed prints are delivered within 10-14 days
Limited edition prints, unframed - World wide free delivery
Framed limited edition prints - London: £20
Framed limited edition prints - UK: £50
Framed limited edition prints - Rest of World: £150
International orders may incur customs duties (intra EU orders excluded) which are not included in the shipping costs. Kristjana S Williams Studio will make every attempt to minimise customs charges in accordance with international shipping regulations.
It's Ok if you change your mind. All artwork ordered comes inclusive of our no-hassle 30 days free return policy, no questions asked. You can contact us within 30 days of receiving your order for a full refund or exchange. Please return the item in the original packaging.
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