Art inspired by Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat was a New York City born and raised artist, musician, and producer, and was discovered initially as part of a street art group named SAMO. Their art was known for their enigmatic epigrams displayed throughout the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Basquiat art style was focused on themes such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He was known for his unique combination of text and image. His pieces, such as Irony of Negro Policeman, were strongly political and direct in their address of power structure and systems of racism.
Basquiat’s young life ended tragically at the age of 27, but he is honored by hundreds of artists and musicians who applauded his risky and subversive material and brilliant artistic insight. His countercultural focus helped usher in the idea that street art was, in fact, real art, and his social commentary – much like other predominant social movements of the time (Rap, Punk, etc) have had a lasting and powerful effect.