George Condo, ‘Self-Portrait’, 1983, Phillips

Property from the Collection of David Bowes

From the Catalogue:
The following works belong to the personal collection of American artist, David Bowes. Now based in Turin, Italy, Bowes was an integral member of Manhattan’s 1980s art scene. Befriending artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and George Condo, he worked alongside them and even, in some cases, shared studio space. Each of these unique works, all gifted to Bowes by Condo himself, reflects their special relationship forged during a pioneering time in the New York art world.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed, titled and dated "Condo 83.2.10 Self Por"

Acquired directly from the artist in 1983

About George Condo

George Condo’s work is populated by a cast of characters whose bulging eyes, bulbous cheeks, proliferating limbs, and hideous over- and under-bites set them apart as a singular species. Drawing on vastly diverse painting practices—like Pablo Picasso, Diego Velázquez, Henri Matisse, and Cy Twombly—Condo absorbs a vast range of art-historical sources, yet, at the same, creates a pictorial language characteristically his own, one that investigates the macabre, the carnivalesque, and the abject. He calls his surrealistic style “psychological cubism”, exploiting “our own imperfections—the private, off-moments or unseen aspects of humanity—that often give way to some of painting’s most beautiful moments.” Even Condo’s most abstract works, like Internal Space (2005) with its impenetrable geometric scaffolding of forms radiating from the painting’s center, explore the furthest extremes of the human psyche.

American, b. 1957, Concord, New Hampshire, based in New York, New York