Aboudia - New Now London Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | Phillips

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  • "My work is similar to that of a journalist writing an article: I was simply describing a situation, in order to create a record of my country's recent history." —Aboudia 

    Image courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery
    Image courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery

    Vibrant and colourful, Pink Lady, 2018 epitomizes Aboudiaís body of large-scale, energetic paintings, which first came into the limelight in the early 2010s. At the time, Aboudiaís paintings attracted the attention of important art collectors, including Charles Saatchi, and toured in a number of international exhibitions. Employing a mixture of media, Aboudia incorporates craft techniques within his painterly practice by stitching canvas on a wooden stretcher. As a result, the present painting demonstrates his skill as both a craftsman and an draughtsman ñ a compelling combination that has earned him comparisons with great contemporary masters including Jean-Michel Basquiat.


    Combining a distinctly urban vernacular with more idiosyncratic subjects, Pink Lady fuses innocence and spontaneity. The compositionís bright pink hue adorning the anonymous childís face, accompanied by its ocean-blue colour, dominating the backgroundís exotic expanse, point to a fantastical world pertaining to the realm of dreams. Growing up in Abidjan where he was ostracised from his family at an early age for wanting to be an artist, Aboudiaís artistic practice can be interpreted as a creative haven surpassing reality, while his worldwide success is a testimony to his determination and passion.

    • Provenance

      Galerie Cecile Fakoury Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
      Acquired from the above by the present owner


Pink Lady

signed and dated 'Aboudia 18' lower left
oil and oil stick on stitched canvas
200 x 200 cm (78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2018.

Full Cataloguing

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £23,940

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London Auction 15 December 2020