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Inspired by Basquiat


A key painter of the late 20th century and an emblematic figure of the “Bad Painting" movement in 1980s America, Jean-Michel Basquiat is considered to be one of the pioneers of street art. He died on the 12th August 1988, after injecting himself with a fatal dose of “speedball" (a mix of heroin and cocaine). His death was a devastating loss for the art world given his glory and talent. But even only 8 years, Jean Michel Basquiat left behind an incredible catalogue of artwork including more than a thousand paintings and eight thousand drawings. Accompanied by his friend, Al Diaz, Basquiat's graffiti career begins in the streets. His famous acronym “SAMO" (same old shit) was present across the walls of New York, highlighting the difficult beginning to his career. Without a fixed address, he sold drawings and t-shirts to support himself financially, before mixing with the New York elite which includes his faithful friend Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Madonna and Blondie.

There are a multitude of influences in Basquiat's work, including his black and hispanic background, games from his childhood and images of the streets and surrounding buildings. His art is also influenced by mythology, voodoo, the Bible, and the comics and cartoons he devoured as a child. As a contemporary to Pop art's master Andy Warhol, he also makes references to advertising, consumption or the media. Like many other artistic prodigies, Basquiat was sensitive and neurotic. With regards to his pictorial style, he expresses his feelings through his paintings which vary between representations of gaunt portraits, mask-like faces and paintings filled with falsely imperfect drawings.

Whether it's in the works of recognised or emerging artists, references to Basquiat are very much present in contemporary art.. Here are some artists who know how to pay tribute to the master of Bad Painting.

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Thomas Mainardi, The Radiant Child : Portrait de Jean-Michel Basquiat, Painting

Thomas Mainardi

The Radiant Child : Portrait de Jean-Michel Basquiat, 2018
25.6 x 21.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,722

Liby Lougué, Vortex, Painting

Liby Lougué

Vortex, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$689

Jean Dubuffet, L'homme au chapeau, Print

Jean Dubuffet

L'homme au chapeau, 1961
33 x 27 x 1 inch
Print

$25,000

Eduardo Kobra, Igualdade, Print

Eduardo Kobra

Igualdade, 2019
20 x 30 inch
Print

$2,500

Our recommendations Den Guitto, Face à face - Basquiat, Painting

Den Guitto

Face à face - Basquiat, 2018
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$8,036

Victor Hasch, JM Basquiat, Print

Victor Hasch

JM Basquiat, 2009
32.3 x 23.6 inch
Print

$689

Imam Sucahyo, Resistance, Painting

Imam Sucahyo

Resistance, 2014
58.7 x 41.7 inch
Painting

$6,601

Jack Hironimus, Les absolues "5 VI 2009", Drawing

Jack Hironimus

Les absolues "5 VI 2009", 2009
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$517

Hector Peper, John Freez, Painting

Hector Peper

John Freez, 2013
76.8 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$9,413

Ziegler T, My Kid Just Ruined My Basquiat, Painting

Ziegler T

My Kid Just Ruined My Basquiat, 2018
29.9 x 22 inch
Painting

$344

Martin, Basquiat, Painting

Martin

Basquiat, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$861

PyB, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Painting

PyB

Jean-Michel Basquiat, 2017
17.7 x 15 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$224

PyB, Skull help Basquiat, Painting

PyB

Skull help Basquiat, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$563

PyB, JM Basquiat, Painting

PyB

JM Basquiat, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$172

Vitaliy Lishko, Portrait Abstract Expressionism Colorful Horizontal, Painting

Vitaliy Lishko

Portrait Abstract Expressionism Colorful Horizontal, 2018
27.6 x 70.9 x 1 inch
Painting

$800

John Matos Crash, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Bond Street, New York City. 1988. - Crash Remix, Print

John Matos Crash

Jean-Michel Basquiat. Bond Street, New York City. 1988. - Crash Remix, 2019
24 x 16.9 inch
Print

$574

Dadao, Basquiat (jeune), Painting

Dadao

Basquiat (jeune), 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$631

Benjamin SPaRK, Replica, Painting

Benjamin SPaRK

Replica, 2005
76.8 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,731

Benjamin SPaRK, On-side-out-side, Painting

Benjamin SPaRK

On-side-out-side, 2007
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,813

Orticanoodles, In Memory of Jean Michel Basquiat, Painting

Orticanoodles

In Memory of Jean Michel Basquiat, 2011
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$2,101

Sulyat Buamar, Revolusion, Painting

Sulyat Buamar

Revolusion, 2007
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,018

Chris Krainik, Basquiat - Portrait explosif, Sculpture

Chris Krainik

Basquiat - Portrait explosif, 2017
23.2 x 11.4 x 11.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,870

Pierre Ziegler, Echoes II, Painting

Pierre Ziegler

Echoes II, 2018
37 x 26.8 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$1,607

Kaxx, Basquiat, Face to Face, Painting

Kaxx

Basquiat, Face to Face, 2019
31.5 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,936

Our recommendations Zafi, 2 femmes autour d'un Basquiat, Painting

Zafi

2 femmes autour d'un Basquiat, 2018
55.1 x 55.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$20,663

Ryca, Acidquiat (Jean-Michel Basquiat smiley), Print

Ryca

Acidquiat (Jean-Michel Basquiat smiley), 2019
21.3 x 15.7 inch
Print

$344

Pseudo Cromático, Amor, Painting

Pseudo Cromático

Amor, 2016
47.2 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,722

Sax Berlin, That Kat Miles, Painting

Sax Berlin

That Kat Miles, 2018
48 x 36 x 2 inch
Painting

$13,202

Sax Berlin, Heaven's Gate, Jazz Bardo, Painting

Sax Berlin

Heaven's Gate, Jazz Bardo, 2018
48 x 36 x 2 inch
Painting

$10,906

Lou Delucchi, Chanel Basquiat, Painting

Lou Delucchi

Chanel Basquiat, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,952

Imam Sucahyo, Pasukan Siluman (Stealth Troops), Painting

Imam Sucahyo

Pasukan Siluman (Stealth Troops), 2014
41.7 x 58.7 inch
Painting

$6,601

Imam Sucahyo, Ikanku Sakit Parah (My fidh is dying), Drawing

Imam Sucahyo

Ikanku Sakit Parah (My fidh is dying), 2014
8.3 x 11.8 inch
Drawing

$924

Grégoire Soussan, Tribute to Basquiat / Série Still Burn, Photography

Grégoire Soussan

Tribute to Basquiat / Série Still Burn, 2017
42.5 x 55.9 inch
Photography

$3,329

Alexandra Parikova, Basquiat, Painting

Alexandra Parikova

Basquiat, 2019
74.8 x 55.1 x 5.9 inch
Painting

$17,633

Ruiz, JMB, Painting

Ruiz

JMB, 2019
35 x 24.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$436

Hervé Dunoyer, Basquiat, Photography

Hervé Dunoyer

Basquiat, 2016
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$379

Ron Connors, In My Heart (Basqwhat?), Painting

Ron Connors

In My Heart (Basqwhat?), 2017
63 x 78.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$27,000

Sitou, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Painting

Sitou

Jean-Michel Basquiat, 2019
15.7 x 11.7 inch
Painting

$459

Christian Esctal, Vision de l'espace, Painting

Christian Esctal

Vision de l'espace, 2016
51.2 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,444

Hector Peper, King Kid, Painting

Hector Peper

King Kid, 2012
76.8 x 38.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$7,462

Hector Peper, Totems, Painting

Hector Peper

Totems, 2012
76.8 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$8,265

Kokian, Bella Rama Bamako/Chola Peace, Painting

Kokian

Bella Rama Bamako/Chola Peace, 2018
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Kokian, Vanité hommage à Basquiat, Painting

Kokian

Vanité hommage à Basquiat, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Maria De Campos, Basquiat, Painting

Maria De Campos

Basquiat, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Le Closier, Warhol vs Basquiat, Painting

Le Closier

Warhol vs Basquiat, 2018
37 x 44.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Our recommendations Liby Lougué, Sans titre 2, Painting

Liby Lougué

Sans titre 2, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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