Basquiat - Past and Contemporary street culture
Before Basquiat rose to become one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, his work was already legendary on the streets of downtown NYC. Under the tag SAMO, his poetic and poignant symbols established a visual vocabulary that continues to inspire new generations of graffiti artists to this day.
Basquiat was a precocious child, and at the age of seven, his mother gave him a copy of "Gray’s Anatomy", which he later used as a reference to create his masterful and deconstructed figures. In this painting, Basquiat presents us with a face in the shape of a skull. Although complete with eyes, a nose, and teeth, the painting gives us the illusion that the face is incomplete, and the bones from underneath the surface are coming through just as plainly as the colors in the background. The head is filled with Basquiat’s illusory graffiti, giving the impression there are forms and figures within the face, but upon closer inspection, the face are abstract lines and shapes.
|Size||3 Boards each 80 x 20 x 0.7 cm|
|Material||maple wood, 7 ply|
|Signature||signed in the print|