Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Flexible’, 1984, Coe Holdings

Certificate of Authenticity included
This collection of Estate Prints includes some of Jean- Michel Basquiat’s most highly desirable and collectible artworks. Fascinated by anatomy from a young age (his mother gave him a copy of Gray’s Anatomy when he was 7), heads and skulls became recurring images in Basquiat’s work in the early 1980’s. Recalling the style of his graffiti and his paintings, he rendersspontaneous lines, creating a layer of bright colors that really pop against the background.

Signature: Signed, stamped and numbered Edition of 85

About Jean-Michel Basquiat

A poet, musician, and graffiti prodigy in late-1970s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat had honed his signature painting style of obsessive scribbling, elusive symbols and diagrams, and mask-and-skull imagery by the time he was 20. “I don’t think about art while I work,” he once said. “I think about life.” Basquiat drew his subjects from his own Caribbean heritage—his father was Haitian and his mother of Puerto Rican descent—and a convergence of African-American, African, and Aztec cultural histories with Classical themes and contemporary heroes like athletes and musicians. Often associated with Neo-expressionism, Basquiat received massive acclaim in only a few short years, showing alongside artists like Julian Schnabel, David Salle, and Francesco Clemente. In 1983, he met Andy Warhol, who would come to be a mentor and idol. The two collaborated on a series of paintings before Warhol’s death in 1987, followed by Basquiat’s own untimely passing a year later.

American, 1960-1988, New York, New York, based in New York, New York