THEY SAW US

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    Dubbed the godfather of contemporary graffiti, Futura – also known as Leonard Hilton McGurr – has been widely praised for putting the ‘art’ into street art. Alongside contemporaries including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, the multi-faceted American artist helped to define the graffiti movement of the early 1970s through introducing abstraction to an entirely letter-based medium.

    Executed in 2019, the freshly-painted present work demonstrates Futura’s technical mastery, of which his successors have yet to match. Rendered in brilliant hues, Futura’s pioneering spirit as an inventor for new spraying techniques is clearly evident, in which larger areas of paint juxtapose impossibly thin aerosol lines. Applying paint to a canvas laid on the ground, similar to his predecessor Jackson Pollock, THEY SAW US is marked by a repertoire of motifs that Futura has come to be known for in his now refined approach. Energetic whilst still retaining a sense of balance, a pattern of atoms, stars and circles intermix on the predominantly primary coloured work. In a highly retro-futuristic style, the bright composition is as much about the artist’s internal mind as it is about our wider galaxy. THEY SAW US is a striking example of Futura’s unique aesthetic that has left an unforgettable mark on modern culture.

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    Futura被視為當代塗鴉的教父,本名為李奧納多・希爾頓・麥格爾,因將「藝術」融入街頭藝術而獲得廣泛讚譽。與尚・米歇爾・巴斯基亞和凱斯・哈林等同輩藝術家齊名,Futura是一位全方位的美國藝術家,將抽象元素引入之前全然以文字為基礎的街頭塗鴉,定義了1970年代初期的塗鴉運動。

    本幅作品創作於2019年, Futura精湛的技法在此顯露無遺,繼他之後的塗鴉藝術家無人能敵。此作色調紛呈,而令人耳目一新的噴漆手法,更可端見Futura不斷求新求變的開創精神,他在噴灑及堆砌大面積的顏料同時,卻又以細微到不可思議的噴漆線條與之相襯。他採用了與前輩藝術家傑克遜・波洛克類同的方法,將畫布鋪在地面上,而《他們看到我們》之所以特別,是在於它不僅充滿了Futura向來著名的豐富視覺主題,然而在畫面執行上,卻又更顯成熟流暢。活力四射的同時,仍保持平衡感,讓物理原子、星辰和圓狀物在三原色為主的基調上相互交織。高度具有復古的未來主義之風格,慧黠的構圖既可解讀成藝術家的內在心象,又可舒展以觀,像是一片遼闊無垠的宇宙銀河。Futura在現代文化留下深刻印記《他們看到我們》正是其獨特美學的代表之作。

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Futura

THEY SAW US

2019
signed, titled and dated 'Futura "THEY SAW US" 2019' on the reverse
spray paint and acrylic on canvas
152.6 x 121.7 cm. (60 1/8 x 47 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2019.

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 400,000 
€22,900-45,900
$25,600-51,300

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Danielle So
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019