Homage to Basquiat

Homage to Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) is one of the most prolific and remarkable artists of the 1980s.  His work includes everything from mediocre crayon scribbles to found-object sculptures and canvas supports to outrageous and energetic canvases.  To me, Basquiat was an untransformed prodigy, someone who didn’t turn his amazing gift into a life-long capacity.  It happens to artists sometimes: their creative energies consume them.  Basquiat died of a heroin overdose when he was 27.

Here’s a picture of Basquiat from another angle: the part of him that occasionally transcended his day to day life, tapping into a realm outside his hyperreal ups and downs.  Basquiat was unknown at 19 and world famous by the time he was 21.  He didn’t have what he needed, I believe, to live his life, and he self-destructed.  

This painting is for him.