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Hebru Brantley

Flyboy, 2014

Painted cast vinyl figure
12 × 3 × 1 in
30.5 × 7.6 × 2.5 cm
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Hebru Brantley joins a formidable line of artist’s producing art toys including Kaws, Futura, Jeff …

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Hebru Brantley joins a formidable line of artist’s producing art toys including Kaws, Futura, Jeff Koons and Yoshimoto Nara to name a few. Like Kaws’ Companion or Disney’s Mickey Mouse, Brantley’s marquee character is a child called Flyboy. In an interview with online magazine, Michigan Avenue, Brantley quotes his …

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Hebru Brantley
American, b. 1981
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Expressing his active imagination and fantasies, Hebru Brantley’s comic book-style compositions address his own experiences of African American and urban life in America. Having grown up tagging trains, walls, and other city surfaces as part of the 1990s graffiti scene, Brantley now creates mixed-media paintings and sculptures that aptly reflect the street’s energy and aesthetic. He credits the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat with sparking his realization that street art was viable and valuable. Speaking of his youth, he says: “We’d scratch-bomb on trains, tag freight cars…do throw-ups across the city. It was all about getting your name up wherever you could.” Defining himself as an Afro-futurist, Brantley draws from a range of influences—including Keith Haring, African American history, hip-hop, anime, and manga.

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About the work
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Julien's Auctions

Hebru Brantley joins a formidable line of artist’s producing art toys including Kaws, Futura, Jeff …

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Hebru Brantley joins a formidable line of artist’s producing art toys including Kaws, Futura, Jeff Koons and Yoshimoto Nara to name a few. Like Kaws’ Companion or Disney’s Mickey Mouse, Brantley’s marquee character is a child called Flyboy. In an interview with online magazine, Michigan Avenue, Brantley quotes his …

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Stamped underfoot "Hebru Brantley"
Hebru Brantley
American, b. 1981
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Expressing his active imagination and fantasies, Hebru Brantley’s comic book-style compositions address his own experiences of African American and urban life in America. Having grown up tagging trains, walls, and other city surfaces as part of the 1990s graffiti scene, Brantley now creates mixed-media paintings and sculptures that aptly reflect the street’s energy and aesthetic. He credits the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat with sparking his realization that street art was viable and valuable. Speaking of his youth, he says: “We’d scratch-bomb on trains, tag freight cars…do throw-ups across the city. It was all about getting your name up wherever you could.” Defining himself as an Afro-futurist, Brantley draws from a range of influences—including Keith Haring, African American history, hip-hop, anime, and manga.

Hebru Brantley

Flyboy, 2014

Painted cast vinyl figure
12 × 3 × 1 in
30.5 × 7.6 × 2.5 cm
Bidding closed
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