The theme that I chose is more of a young modern talent theme. This theme invokes the modern technique and ideas applied to the field of paintings.
The First Artist portrayed here is Jean-Michel Basquiat, who became an artist while still a teenager and was world-famous by the age of 23. He is considered an exceptional creative talent and became a cultural hero to young artist though this artworks. Basquiat had a short life though, he died at the age of 27 from a drug overdose.
Per Capita by painted by Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1981.
This is a prime example of some of the excellent work that black artist were creating during this time period, the boxers represent a battle for principles, embodying strength, and the ability to preserve in the presence of overwhelming odds. The phrase” Per capita” refers to the income a person earns in a year.
Notary painting in 1983 by Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Jean-Michel Basquiat loved jazz and hip-hop, which he repeats a lot in this painting by combing and overlapping different lines, colors, images, and words which create a fast tempo and urban rhythm.
Basquiat used the letters CPRKR to represent the jazz musician Charlie Parker. Charlie Parker was one of the greatest jazz saxophonists. He helped create bebop, which redefined jazz during his time, when most music was swing. The crown Basquiat uses appears in many of his paintings, which the includes as a sign of respect for his heroes, marking them as members of a royal family.
The second artist i chose is Kurt Wenner, who also started off at a young age and became a world renown artist. Wenner began street painting in Rome in 1982, and by 1984 was one of the few recognized master street painters in the world. Inspired by anamorphism a technique use to create an illusion of height brought to the street surface.
Ghetto was painted in 2007 by Wenner.
This painting shows a modern yet classical scene of a poor slum or ghetto as the title puts it in a modern setting with classical figures.
Dies Irae was painted in 2007 by Wenner
The illusion in this painting show the kind of modern 3D artwork Wenner likes to create, again he uses a modern technique yet he paints his figures in a classical point of view.
Apollo was painted by Wenner in 2007
This is a modern take of a classical figure of the God Apollo, painted into 3D street art. The illusion shows Apollo coming out of the ground with such force as if he’s breaking though the ground.
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Michel_Basquiat, http://www.kurtwenner.com/, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Wenner