Pavel Pepperstein, ‘The Dying Gangster’, 2010, Phillips

Signature: titled "The dying Gangster" upper edge; further signed with the artist's initials (in Cyrillic) and dated '2010' lower right

London, Regina Gallery, From Mordor With Love, new works by Pavel Pepperstein, 30 June - 2 September 2010
Moscow, Regina Gallery, Pavel Pepperstein, Inspection Medical Hermeneutics, 13 September - 31 October 2012

Regina Gallery, Moscow
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Pavel Pepperstein

Rapper, novelist, and painter Pavel Pepperstein merges fantastical scenes and landscapes with a range of cultural and political symbols in his witty surrealistic watercolors. Influenced by the preceding generation of Moscow Conceptualists, Pepperstein creates work deeply entwined with history and literature, replete with fantasy themes and fairy tale characters burdened with dark historical associations: quaint flowers overwhelm a swastika, or an elegant Chinese dragon battles a World War II soldier. A critic once described Pepperstein’s practice like a “theoretical family conversation,” one that deals fleetingly with existential themes with a sense of whimsy and the visual language of children’s books.

Russian, b. 1966, Moscow, Russia, based in Moscow