August 16, 2022

Text by artist Jean-Michel Basket – Grace Green

Jean Michel Basquiat is proof that you can make an impact in a short time. Instinctively, you know you can change the world in an instant. What can you learn from the ethics of his work?

Born in Brooklyn, Baskett produced more than 2,000 works of art and sketches over a period of 10 years. Imagine. 200 artworks per year. 16 artwork or sketches per month. He accumulated it all at the time of his death in 1988 when he was 27 years old. A great role model, creating Basquiat all the time.

Your takeaway, the lesson of basketball, is to be yourself, work, pursue your craft, and fly high.

He was fortunate to be raised by his artistic mother, although he suffered from a mental illness that increased his love for art. She exposed him to the breadth of image building and conferences, taking him to The Mate, the Brooklyn Museum, MOMA when he was young. He was familiar with various forms of art and curriculum in these early years. Her playground was the museum and her background was the city. You know, like many artists, he survived through thunder and lightning.

Enter Graffiti.

He jumped into the mural scene when it was the seed, forming a short-term collaboration with Al Diaz called SAMO (Same Old Shit). Then, despite local success, they differed in creative variations. Fortunately, they reconciled. In an indulgence interview, Diaz said Baskett gifted him a picture with the text “From Samo, from Samo”.

Basketball aimed to become an internationally recognized artist. That’s what he did. His brilliant study of depression is profound. To be very clear, he formed strong bonds and friendships. His relationship with Warhol was precious and true.

Basketball style

There is a lot online that you can find out about Basquiat. The more you learn about him. As much as you like him Her artwork is considered neo-expressionist and interacts with the visual language of art and murals and is associated with doodles, caricatures, and illustrations. The use of objects, texts and symbols easily expresses his creative approach. The crown was his signature statue. His work often traces its cultural identity and roots within the boundaries of the world, context, history, music, art and society. If you already know Baskett’s work, you may not yet know about the movie Downtown 81 that portrayed him primarily. It’s definitely a low budget but captures the playfulness and fearlessness of the 80s underground art and music scene. In a pseudo-documentary fairy tale written by Glenn O’Brien and directed by Edo Bertoglio, Basquette plays a poor young artist. Excluded from the records, Downtown 81 was only released in 2000. Baskett is followed by a camera as he wanders around downtown New York and tries to sell his art to pay his time rent. It presents Debra Harry as the modern fairy princess in the movie for about 100 minutes.

What’s great about Baskett’s technique is that he crosses words on canvas. Scratches parts. You will see what he was thinking. It is not wrong to change your mind, to think of another word or image. Doodles and sketches are important. Her artwork is amazingly free. However, you know that his artistry is strategic and deep. He said he deliberately applied the technique:

“I cut out the words so you can see them more. The fact that they are vague makes you want to read them.”

Sketch it, draft it, like Basquiat

Sometimes, you think it’s too late to project your dream. But it is never too late. You can do a lot in an hour. You can do a lot in a year. Basquiat painted on any surface, any wall, any object, any canvas. He showed his art in every moment. A sketch, a draft is part of your research.

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