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Jean Michel Basquait – Ernok

1468679918-010-jean-michel-basquiat-theredlistJean Michel Basquait – Ernok 

Jean Michel Basquait is one of my all time favourite artists.  Though he never finished high school, he grew up visiting the Brooklyn Museum of Art and absorbed art from a young age.  In the late 1970’s while  only in his late teens Basquait achieved fame and  is credited in conjunction with Keith Harding with bringing graffiti to the fine art world of painting .
Basquiat later went on to create numerous collaborations with Pop Art icon Andy Warhol.  He is considered part of the Neo-Expressionist movement, his canvases mixed African imagery and symbolism using the movement’s characteristic gestural style and bright colours.
He tragically died of a drug overdose in 1988 aged only 27 .  The Whitney Museum of American Art held the first retrospective of his work in  1992 . Below is the response of a non art professional to one of his works.

I think that the artist is trying to portray confusion. The object looks to me to be a robot of some sort.   On the right top corner there is a speech bubble which seems to be nonsensical with the ‘words’ getting shorter which would suggest that it is broken and shutting down.There are lines which look like springs on the bottom left which may suggest this also.  The arms look like they are waving around which gives a look of madness! D de B


2 comments on “Jean Michel Basquait – Ernok

  1. soniasstoryge
    April 24, 2016

    That’s a great image. My first impression was it looks very “tribal”. Clearly trying to communicate – the friendly hand gesture but might be lost for words. Loving how arts inspires you into asking questions.

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  2. Paul Mulvaney
    May 4, 2016

    It seems he produced art ahead of his time. Graffiti art is common place now… Or was it influencers like Jean Michel that led the way for today’s artists?


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