FAILE, ‘Sweet Sins’, 2015, Julien's Auctions
FAILE, ‘Sweet Sins’, 2015, Julien's Auctions

Brooklyn-based art duo FAILE draws inspiration from the streets of New York to create a visual language unique to their body of work. Done in their signature block style with comic book theatrics, the heroine dressed in fire engine red beckons viewers with her command "Tease Me," while resting a long rifle on her lap.The dichotomy inherent in the work's title Sweet Sins reminds us of Eve and her apple, and while the woman looks pleasing to the eye her inherent danger is lurking. 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 left "1986". Stamped, numbered, and dated on verso "392/500 JUN 25 2015"

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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