CHARLES BUKOWSKI 2013 fine art print / edition of 20 / $260.00

Born in Germany between the Great Wars, writer Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was dragged during adolescence to California by his impoverished parents, who raised him on a regimen of physical and emotional abuse. As a kid he suffered bad acne, causing schoolmates to torment the timid, awkward youngster. The horrible truth that pain is relentless and people mostly worthless came on early and set in firmly. But two discoveries changed everything: booze and the written word. Bukowski had a genius for both: one went in prodigiously, the other came out abundantly.

Cue several decades of factory jobs and post office drudgery, underscoring failed attempts to make it as an author. Long stretches of hard drinking, short bursts of romantic foment, and rare sparks of creative encouragement marked this period. He stopped writing for a decade (his "ten-year drunk"). By the late 1960s he'd stripped away the vestiges of art damage from his early work and distilled the everyday ass-kickings, arrests and inebriated fucking into a growing body of fearless poems and prose. The miracle is in its lyricism and humor, despite a world of idiocy, meaningless things granted false profundity, and credentialed ciphers exercising absurd sway over the lives of grunts. Read more...

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Only twenty (20) prints of CHARLES BUKOWSKI by Drew Friedman were produced for this edition. Each print is signed in the lower right, hand-titled in the center, and numbered in the lower left (all beneath the image). We have sold print numbers 1/20 thru 17/20 and are now offering 18/20, unframed, for $260 (plus s/h). Prices for remaining prints will increase in $20 increments as the edition depletes. Multiple prints can be purchased at the current asking price. Prints are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the edition sells out, this work will no longer be available from us as a fine art print.

The image area is 15" high x 11" wide, centered on an untrimmed 19" x 13" sheet. Paper, ink, and production specifications, as well as shipping details, are available on our PRINT SPECS page.

In the early 1980s, Friedman illustrated a series of new Bukowski stories for High Times magazine. Bukowski loved the illustrations, and sent this letter to HT Editor Larry "Ratso" Sloman. The story to which Bukowski refers in the letter was "There's No Business like Show Business."