Oscar Murillo - Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale New York Thursday, March 6, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Paintings happen in the studio where I have my own kind of system, although there can be physical residue of performance in them. I like to cut up the canvas in different sections, work on them individually, fold them and just leave them around for months [...] It’s not about leaving traces, it’s about letting things mature on their own like aging cheese or letting a stew cook, they get more flavorful. That’s kind of how these paintings are made.” - Oscar Murillo, 2013

    As one of the most energetic young artists to emerge in recent memory, Colombian-born, London-based Oscar Murillo creates works that stretch across a variety of media. In many instances we see elements of sculpture, film, performance and painting all simultaneously incorporated into the artist’s work. Making allusions to social displacement, his personal cultural history and the artistic process, he works the surface of his paintings heavily, displaying wrought and agitated surfaces. His works throb with energy, giving clear testimony to the vigorous and highly visceral process by which they are conceived and making for emotive and thought-provoking viewing. As Murillo has noted, “A painting is a rectangular device used to record things.” For him, his canvases exist as repositories of experiences and as records of his own personal and artistic growth.

    The current lot exemplifies this practice, as it is at once gestural— underscoring the performative dimension of his process—and narrative in its incorporation of text as a direct link to his own mixed cultural history. The prominence of “Chicken AND Chips” is emblematic of the artist’s penchant for using the canvas as a personal archive and as a means of carrying on a performance into perpetuity. In this case, that dialogue is rooted in food and in his adoptive Anglo-Saxon heritage. This achievement is echoed in his inclusion of detritus from his everyday life. Be they actual food parts, dirt or dust, all are parts of the same whole that comprise the artist’s evolving identity.


Untitled (Chicken and Chips)

oilstick, spray paint, enamel, dirt on canvas
65 1/2 x 76 in. (166.4 x 193 cm.)
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $317,000

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Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale

New York Evening Sale 6 March 2014 7pm