When asked in 1968 by William Copley to create something for the S.M.S. (S*** Must Stop) Portfolios, Ed Bereal came up with this image. Entitled "Self Portrait," it is an altered still from the 1939 movie Son of Frankenstein featuring Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.
"Self Portrait" was published by The Letter Edged in Black Press Inc. in 1968 as an edition of approximately 2000 and was folded to fit the portfolio box. This is in excellent condition and comes with impeccable provenance. Recent exhibitions of this image include Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2006; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2009. This print is also in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Ed Bereal was born in 1937 in Riverside (or Watts depending on what you read), California, and attended Chouinard Art Institute.
Having been personally involved in the Watts riots of 1965–66, Bereal chose to distance himself for a while from the art world. Since 1968, Ed Bereal has been actively engaged in teaching art at several universities, but in 2007 resigned his position as Professor Emeritus at Western Washington University to devote himself exclusively to his artistic career. Bereal has been a mentor to several generations of artists and has taught at universities throughout the United States.