In Basquiat’s typical Neo-Expressionist, primitive, instructions-infused style, the artist repeats the band’s name three times in the composition, placing the album’s simple title at the bottom. Using images and symbols found throughout his work during the 1981-1983 period, in The Offs First Record, raw oil stick lines delineating the body extend to form a crown of thorns above the skull. This same imagery is also found in a cycle of totemic figures realized during this early period: perhaps emphasizing the band’s role as hero or martyr caught in the travails of the then shifting cultural landscape, as Basquiat too saw his career experiencing this same shifting landscape.
- The Offs First Record, 1984
- 2 Color Screen Print on Saunder’s Waterford watercolor
- Long-fibre cotton and deckled edges
- Jacquard archival professional ink
- Image size: 20” x 20” / Sheet size: 24” x 24”
- Limited Edition: 85 of each size
The prints are individually hand screened and come shipped flat. We recommend shipping directly to your framer.