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DEFACEMENT by James Green and Joe Quigg

“Artist James Green and photographer Joe Quigg originally met on the set of a documentary centred around validating an unseen Jean-Michel Basquiat original painting owned by Joe’s Dad. They immediately got on and toyed with the idea of a collaboration project thinking that their differing approaches might work well together, mixing their mediums to create something unlike anything they had produced before.

‘Piano’, Mixedmedia on silver gelatin, 10 x 8 inches, 2020

Unfortunately Covid 19 brought with it crippling restrictions however isolation rewarded us time to begin experimenting and it just instantly worked. Similar minds and outlook of wanting to create meaningful work – there was no better time to get cracking. Joe, hand printing black and white photographs from his darkroom and posting them to James’ studio, where he would transform them as only James could into visceral, colourful paintings.

All of their creative energy is locked into this project at this difficult moment in time, this comes through in the work that shows the mark of each artist within it.”

Early orders include key members of Basquiat’s inner circle.

London show confirmed which will go ahead as and when the famous virus permits.


‘Dialogue’, Mixedmedia on silver gelatin, 10 x 8 inches, 2020

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