Jean-Michel Basquiat, a rebelious young man who left home early to pursue his art. I became fascinated with his ambitious body of work and was saddened by his premature death. It was Jean-Michel Basquiat's person, not so much his art (neo-expressionist) during the movement in the 1980s, I likeed. I came across a gentleman with a treasure-trove of Basquiat's images and I wanted to capture Basquiat's many expressions on canvas.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was earning millions of dollars per year at his absolute peak. At the time of his death, including the present value of his works, Jean-Michel Basquiat had a net worth of $10 million. But it should be noted that his lifestyle around this time was a level or two above a homeless person. After breaking out as a member of the Manhattan graffiti duo SAMO, his paintings began being exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Basquiat passed away from a heroin overdose in 1988, after which time his work steadily increased in value.
Today, Basquiat's paintings are some of the most valuable modern works on the planet. In May 2017, a Basquiat painting sold to a Japanese collector for $110.5 million, a record sale price for an American artist.