Andy Warhol’s 1986 Indian Head Nickel 385 is one of ten screen prints in his Cowboys and Indians portfolio. An additional four trial proofs were excluded from the final suite: War Bonnet Indian 373, Buffalo Nickel 374, Action Picture 375, and Sitting Bull A70.
Warhol grew up in an era dominated by Western films. He was fascinated by 1930s and 40s stars such as the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, and John Wayne, who is also featured in this portfolio. As an adult, Warhol remained intrigued by the romance of the West that he was so interested in as a child. Western aesthetics are very present in Warhol’s art, and he illustrated an enduring interest in Americana themes with his Myths series, Ads series and his two experimental Western films, Horse (1965) and Lonesome Cowboys (1968).