Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Acrylic / Paper on Wood Panel
Jean, a kid from Brooklyn, stood out from the rest through his poetic expressions of social commentary. He started with provocative phrases and moved to painted pieces, which perhaps spoke more than just the words themselves. He used a mixture of poetry, drawing, and painting, blending text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information to bring attention to power structures, racism, and class struggle. His popularity skyrocketed his worth with collectors, forcing him to deal with people he originally despised. The pressures to keep up with his reputation as a major artist led to drug use that ultimately took his life at the young age of 27. He was just a child… a genius child.
Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988)
“I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.”