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  • Condition Report

  • Description

    This work is in good condition and is framed under Plexiglas in a wood frame.

  • Provenance

    Avenue des Arts, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.

  • Exhibited

    Hong Kong, Avenue des Arts, Lord of the Flys, 11 January – 20 January 2018

  • Catalogue Essay

    With a distinctively graphic aesthetic, Hebru Brantley is known for his narrative-driven practice. His signature Flyboy character, as depicted in this present work, has followed Brantley throughout his career as he has transitioned from graffiti to canvas. Using an array of mediums and drawing from influences including hip-hop, Japanese anime and the grittiness of urban life in America, Brantley’s work is now widely known and recognized. Flyboy’s persona resonates on city street murals, sits in celebrities’ homes, is commissioned by brands such as Nike and Hublot, and is exhibited in venues including Galerie Frank Pages, Gevena (2014); Miami Art Basel (2016); and Gallery Megumi Ogita, Tokyo (2019). In Chicago, construction has even begun on ‘Nevermore Park’. The 6,000 square feet interactive art installation will welcome visitors to Flyboy’s fictional hometown.

    Executed in 2017, Flyboy is presented here masked in yellow goggles and with an outstretched clenched fist that draws from the iconography of superheroes, yet challenges their traditional interpretations. Atop a shooting missile, Flyboy pays homage to the Tsukegee Airmen, a group of African-American military aviators who fought in World War II. Brantley’s presentation of an underrepresented heroic archetype addresses ideas surrounding nostalgia and hope. Ultimately, Flyboy offers the viewer an uplifting sense of empowerment over power.

  • Catalogue Essay

    擁有獨特的圖像審美,荷布洛·布蘭特利的藝術創作以其強烈的故事性而聞名。他的標誌性人物Flyboy,如同這件作品中所描繪的,自他的塗鴉時期到布面作品的轉變,一直追隨著布蘭特利的職業生涯。布蘭特利的作品使用了一系列之媒介,並從嘻哈、日本動漫以及美國城市生活中的廣泛性汲取靈感,現已為人所熟知和認可。Flyboy的形象已經廣布城市街頭壁畫,坐落各大名流家中,受邀於耐克和宇舶表等品牌的委託創作,並且在包括Galerie Frank Pages, 日內瓦(2014年)、邁阿密海灘巴塞爾藝術展(2016年),以及Gallery Megumi Ogita(東京)等各大展館展出。在芝加哥,甚至已經開始建造「Nevermore Park」。 這個6,000平方英尺的互動藝術裝置將迎接訪客們前往Flyboy的虛構故鄉。


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signed, titled and dated '"UNTITLED" hebru brantley 2017' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
61.2 x 71.2 cm. (24 1/8 x 28 in.)
Painted in 2017.

HK$70,000 - 90,000 

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Delissa Putri Handoko
Head of Sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art


Online Auction 9-18 October 2019