"Jean Michel Basquiat “I AM NOT A BLACK ARTIST" 2015©  with  portion from: Basquiat's "self-portrait as heel" 1984   Paint, colored pencil, china markerS ON PAPER   94”x 52” [238.76 cm x 132.08 CM]   2016©

 "Jean Michel Basquiat “I AM NOT A BLACK ARTIST" 2015©  with  portion from: Basquiat's "self-portrait as heel" 1984  Paint, colored pencil, china markerS ON PAPER   94”x 52” [238.76 cm x 132.08 CM]   2016©

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.

 Photo by: Tseng Kwong Chi

Photo by: Tseng Kwong Chi

 Jean-michel basquiat's "self-portrait as a heel" 1984

Jean-michel basquiat's "self-portrait as a heel" 1984