Marc Jones is a well known contemporary American artist. He is also the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, Brooklyn Arts Council.
Born in 1963, Marc was raised in a neighborhood called Brownsville in Brooklyn New York. He attended Bushwick High School where he began to display his artistic talent by winning school art awards. His love for art carries on as he is still making art today.
After high school Marc took classes at Parsons School of Design and continued to develop his skills through his own experimentation for 4 year until he was discovered by an art dealer who purchased a number of his paintings.
The prices of Marc’s art have steadily increased since his early days of painting, his artwork has been sold at the New York Art Expo and other galleries throughout the world.
An increasingly popular artist, Marc has had exhibitions in South Africa, Japan, Australia and Rome as well as many other cities around the world..
Marc Jones is most known for his “Samurai” series which can be found on large canvases or on small cell phones cases. He continues to paint new works everyday and continues to produce new series that are all unique in their own way.
In the span of twenty years, Basquiat developed from an unknown artist into a worldwide phenomenon. Known for his brilliant graffiti and street art, Basquiat’s first solo show in New York was held at the Mary Boone Gallery in 1980. The show was hugely successful and featured some of his most famous work. Over the next few years, Basquiat would go on to exhibit his work all over the world, including shows in Japan, Great Britain and even Germany. Before he died in 1988 at just 27 years old, Basquiat had become one of the most respected artists in the world.
Toward the end of his life, Basquiat realized that he wanted to be more than just a painter. He wanted to mix art with business and make a profit, so he created a company called SAMO (same old thing) and began selling reproductions of his works. This allowed him to make money while still pursuing his passion for painting.
In addition to being an artist, entrepreneur and business man, Basquiat was also a philanthropist who contributed to many charities throughout his life. In fact, there are many rumors that he donated much of the money that he earned from selling his paintings to charitable organizations. In 2011 alone, it is estimated that
Jean-Michel Basquiat was born on December 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York City. His father was a Haitian and his mother was Haitian/Puerto Rican. His father died when he was just ten years old and so he became the youngest of six siblings. He grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. From an early age he began to show an interest in art and started to draw portraits of his family members. He attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, where he began to experiment with graffiti writing under the name “Samo” and “Boz”. He dropped out from high school after three years, at the age of seventeen, to concentrate on his street art but continued to take night classes at the School of Visual Arts. He also attended Parsons School of Design but left in 1981 without a degree.
He began to work as a freelance artist whose work included drafting designs for clothes, shoes and skateboards for companies such as Adidas, Vans and Dunlop. In 1982 Basquiat met Andy Warhol who became his mentor and introduced him into New York’s underground art scene.
He had his first one man show at Bruno Bischofberger’s space “50 Hansa” in Zurich in March 20
It’s often said that we live in a post-capitalist world. That may be true, but if it is, it’s only because capitalism has such a bad reputation among artists. The truth is that the free market is the greatest force for artistic freedom ever invented. It provides the economic incentive for art to fulfill its highest role: as an engine of cultural and political change.
With the rise of capitalism and democracy, art became a business; artists became entrepreneurs; art criticism became marketing. Today there are more people working in the visual arts than at any other time in history. Art is booming, and the best thing about it is that so many of us get to share in this brave new world of artistic freedom and prosperity.
The art of Jean-Michel Basquiat was an early sign of the cultural shift that would soon consume art and redefine the meaning of “cool.”
Basquiat’s appeal rested on his embrace of all aspects of popular culture. His work borrowed from pre-Columbian and African art, as well as artists like Picasso, Warhol, and Dubuffet. He painted in graffiti style, using street posters for inspiration. In his drawings and paintings he used words, letters and numbers to create a new language. And although he was raised in a middle class family on New York’s Upper East Side, Basquiat’s work radiated the coolness of street culture.
The son of a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat was born in Brooklyn in 1960. Much has been written about his life and drug habits, but little has been said about how his childhood experiences influenced him as an artist.
Much has also been made about Basquiat’s brief career. He died of a heroin overdose at age 27 in 1988. His meteoric rise to fame has eclipsed a more important issue: how will the world remember him?
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If you’re looking for a list of my favorite paintings, check out the 100 Greatest Paintings on Wikipedia. They’re all there, so it’s a good way to get started if you’re just getting into art. If you really want to know about the best artists of all time, read on.
The artists on this list are ranked by their number of artworks sold at auction or through dealers. I used artnet to find numbers for auction sales in dollars and then sorted the artists by total value of sales. The top ten highest-selling living artists are listed below with the number of works sold at auction since 2000 as well as their total estimated value.
And for those who insist on ranking people on some arbitrary authority that comes from being born a long time ago (I like to call it “dead white guy syndrome”), I’ve included a short list of the highest-selling deceased artists as well – they beat out everyone else by a wide margin!
1. Andy Warhol – $300 million / $400 million
2. Pablo Picasso – $270 million / $350 million
3. Leonardo da Vinci – $260 million / $200 million
4. Amedeo Modigl