Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist. Born: December 22, 1960, Brooklyn, NY Died: August 12, 1988 Manhattan, New York City, NY
The contrast between Basquiat’s self portrait and his physical beauty spoke to Gary of the importance of an artist’s emotional life and thoughts about himself in the world. The world of prejudice that influence Basquiat’s self hatred added truth to the power of his art.
While studying the detail of the Basquiat’s self portrait, Gary expanded his appreciation of the painterly qualities within the self-portrait, the aggressive and virtuoso painting technique, the contrast of open space and sense of speed and urgency in order to communicate with the viewer.