FAILE, ‘Bunny Girl (Blue)’, 2006, Julien's Auctions

The New York-based collective Faile, combining the talents of Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, are known for their collage-style dichotomies which fuse feminine and childlike imagery with the sinister and the nightmarish. Bunny Girl (Blue) is an excellent example Faile’s work, showing us a snapshot of human emotion as it rapidly fluctuates between the innocent and the animalistic. FAILE have exhibited throughout Europe and North America, with recent shows at the Brooklyn Museum and in Times Square. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

Signature: Signed in pencil lower right "Faile" Marked in pencil lower right "1986". Stamped dated on verso "DEC 05 2006"

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Street artists to their core, Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller make up FAILE, an artistic collaborative whose kinetic, image-saturated paintings, prints, sculptures, and installations have been enlivening public spaces and city and gallery walls since the turn of the 21st century. Though they are busy with exhibitions and public commissions across America and abroad, they remain focused on the street, where their work first appeared as stickers, posters, and stenciled images. Democratic and urban, FAILE is influenced by manga and the rhythm of city life, as evidenced by the mash-up of comic book and cartoon characters, advertising and propaganda slogans, bright patterns and colors, and historical and pop cultural references animating their work. With the same savvy wit that infuses their compositions, Faile claims that their name refers to the notion that “you could Faile to succeed.”

American, Founded 1999, based in Brooklyn, New York