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Barry McGee

Untitled, 2017

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Lot 4
Hand-painted ceramic
10.0 x 14.0 in (25.4 x 35.6 cm)
Inscribed with drawing, verso


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The three faces depicted on this plate by the San Francisco-born painter and graffiti artist, Barry McGee, are classic renderings of the artist’s distinctive aesthetic style. Stylized linear form gives expressive temperament to his subjects, who seem to exude their own counter-culture personality.

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About Barry McGee

Barry McGee (American, b. 1966) is a San Francisco-based street artist. McGee rose to prominence in the 1980s among the tagging community for his works on the streets of San Francisco. Though trained professionally in painting and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, McGee uses a visual vocabulary drawn from graffiti, comics, hobo art, and sign painting. McGee’s work often celebrates his San Francisco district of The Mission, but, also, calls to attention the harmful effects of capitalism, gentrification, and corporate control of public space. In 1999, he was chosen to participate in the Biennale de Lyon, France.