Kenny Scharf

HI, 2014

Oil on found painting
Signed, dated and titled on verso
9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches (24.1 x 29.2 cm.)
Very Good
Eric Firestone Gallery; Honor Fraser

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Kenny Scharf, a prominent American artist associated with the East Village art scene in the 1980s, is renowned for his vibrant and whimsical contributions to the world of contemporary art. Scharf's unique artistic vision is characterized by his bold use of color and his incorporation of popular culture icons into his works. One particularly fascinating series of his artistic endeavors involves the transformation of found paintings through the application of oil paint. This technique, where he essentially paints over existing artworks, adds an intriguing layer of depth to his creations. By marrying his distinctive style with pre-existing canvases, Scharf blurs the lines between originality and reinterpretation, inviting viewers to reconsider the nature of artistic authorship and the value of the found object.

A notable example from this series is Scharf's artwork titled "HI," created in 2014. In this piece, Scharf's exuberant and playful aesthetic shines through as he reimagines a found painting with his signature cartoon-like characters and bold color palette. The juxtaposition of his contemporary, pop-infused imagery with the existing elements of the found canvas creates a visually dynamic and thought-provoking piece. "HI" serves as a testament to Scharf's ability to breathe new life into forgotten or discarded artworks, elevating them into vibrant expressions of his artistic vision while challenging conventional notions of artistic creation and preservation.

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