Steve Parrino - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Germany

  • Catalogue Essay

    When I started making paintings, the word on painting was “PAINTING IS DEAD”. I saw this as an interesting place for painting… death can be refreshing, so I started engaging in necrophilia…. Approaching history in the same way that Dr. Frankenstein approaches body parts… Nature Morte… my contemporaries were NO WAVERS… BLACK FLAG-ERS… and this death painting thing led to a sex and death painting thing… that became an existence thing… that became a “Cease to Exist” thing… A kind of post-punk existentialism. I am still concerned with “art about art”, but I am also aware that “art about art” still reflects the time in which it was made. Content is not denied… Content is not obvious… Content is sustained in the air or the vibe of the work. S. Parrino taken from, 2003



Acrylic and enamel on canvas.
183 x 152.5 cm. (72 x 60 in).
Signed and dated ‘St. Parrino 91’ on the stretcher.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £150,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm