A Jean Michel Basquiat painting “Untitled Skull” sold for $110.5 million during one of the most riveting auction battles in history. It is a painting that bleeds history, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled Skull (1982) portrays a black skull scarred with red rivulets, pitted with angry eyes, gnashing its teeth, against a blue graffiti wall on which someone has been doing their sums. A graffiti-esque style, erratic and easy brush strokes – the epitome of Jean Michele Basquiat’s style. This record sale catapults this deceased artist into the history books with art historians the world over branding him as a pioneer of the Neo-Expressionist art boom (circa 1980s) and one to be revered, wilder than Jackson Pollock, more profound than Mark Rothko.
JEAN MICHEL-BASQUIAT, UNTITLED, 1982. ESTIMATE IN EXCESS OF $60 MILLION. SOLD FOR $110.5 MILLION
Almost 30 years after his death, with auction houses dealing in his work daily, the Barbican Centre (in the City of London) has put together one of the largest and most significant collections outside the U.S. featuring rare film, photography and archive material. The show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist. With Basquiat now hitting the headlines regularly his notoriety and possibly price bracket will almost certainly rise. Here in the gallery we are showcasing one artist that pays homage to his work. Welcome David Henty. A convicted forger, he has managed to capture the style of Basquiat like no other artist I’ve ever seen. Not only is the work almost identical with every brush stroke, but David Henty has managed to capture the raw, uncensored, and fiercely magnificent passion in his work to recreate undeniably outstanding copies of Basquiat’s art.
Above image top – Jean Michel Basquiat original
Above image bottom – David Henty copy
‘Fallen Angel’ (1981) by David Henty – Original art in the style of Jean Michel Basquiat
‘Skull‘ by David Henty – Original art in the style of Jean Michel Basquiat
To view these works and many further pieces by David Henty do join us in the gallery
12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – 01159243555