Aboudia - Shaping the Surface: Online Auction London Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Description

    Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.

  • Provenance

    Jack Bell Gallery, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2013

  • Catalogue Essay

    'The place of children in my work is very important, in that it is these children I love the most, who inspire me, and who are at the foundation of what I create.' - Aboudia

    Executed in 2013, the present work was created in Aboudia’s studio in the Ivory Coast during the civil war. Untitled depicts a mother and child, an unusual subject for the artist, against a backdrop of paper collage and detritus, unveiling images from advertising and print media which form the visual architecture of day-to-day life. Perhaps autobiographical in nature, the present work conveys the loss of innocence endured by children in war. Containing a number of reoccurring motifs evident in Aboudia’s work, we see a car in the lower left of the composition, which was acquired during the artist’s early success. This vehicle, symbolic to his artistic journey, represents the start of Aboudia’s relocation to a bigger studio, before eventually setting up a base in New York. Responding to the struggles of warfare, the artist’s oeuvre is a testament to the chaos that propels his subjects, defining his distinctive visual style.



oil, oilstick and paper collage on canvas
108.8 x 138.4 cm (42 7/8 x 54 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2013.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £8,750

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Shaping the Surface: Online Auction

Online Auction 13 - 21 May 2020