Gary Baseman, ‘Release Of Boo Boo 2’, 2010, Julien's Auctions
Gary Baseman, ‘Release Of Boo Boo 2’, 2010, Julien's Auctions

Framed; 16.25 by 20 inches

Three-time Emmy award winner Gary Baseman is well known throughout the Street Art world for blurring the lines between art and pop culture through his coined “self-pervasive” art. As an avid collector of “Golden Books” and a self-prescribed sufferer of Peter Pan syndrome, Baseman's principal body of work employs a technique reminiscent of popular children's books, although with more sinister undertones. Baseman used different iterations and caricatures of his signature cute cartoon figures as the visual language for his work. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

Signature: Signed in acrylic lower right

Image rights: Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

About Gary Baseman

Gary Baseman is a painter and illustrator whose works have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. Referencing cartoon imagery, how-to-diagrams, and children’s books, his work blends a sense of whimsy with darker, moodier themes—wide-eyed devils, nymphs, skeletons, and beasts seem almost to float and frolic through his compositions, their apparent innocence in contrast with their inherent creepiness. In works like Speaking in Tongues (2005), he incorporates images from an extensive collection of vintage photographs into his paintings, infusing them with a sense of melancholic nostalgia.

American, b. 1960, Los Angeles, California, based in Los Angeles, California