.Never Outshine The Master.
I recently came across this photo shoot of Nigerian model Ty Ogunkova in Vogue Hommes International (Spring/Summer 2010, and I was anxious to see if they were going to be able to capture the true essence of Basquat.
The Rebel. Edgy. Different.
I believe they did.
He has been noted by Graham Thompson as the first painter of African descent to become an international art star. To me he embodies the true essence of art...be your OWN.
Check out a brief bio below!
I adore this pic above all.
Jean-Michel Basquiat born in 1960 in Brooklyn, New York. At a young age, he was encouraged by his mother to paint and draw. He started his art career when he dropped out of his Senior year in high school and started selling postcards and t-shirts he has created. In 1981 he joined the Annina Nosei gallery and started exhibiting his pieces along side other great artists like David Salle. It was around this time he joined the Neo-Expressionist Movement, became acquainted with Andy Warhol and began dating Madonna. Basquiat worked on his paintings in Armani suits, which he would often appear in public with paint splats all over them. By the mid 80s he left the Annina Nosei gallery to the more prominent Mary Boone gallery in SoHo. Basquait was heavily influenced by the punk and graffiti movement. His work were quirky with vibrant blobs of paint and extraordinary shapes. His works often referred to politics and the history of Black People.
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