Llyn Foulkes

(American, born 1934)

Llyn Foulkes is a contemporary American artist and musician known for his collages, heavily textured paintings, and solo performances using a self-made musical instrument he calls “The Machine.” Inspired by his own disillusionment with American consumerism and the American West, Foulkes often employs relics of nostalgia and hope, including postcards of tourist landmarks, bald eagle insignia, images of Mickey Mouse, and self-portraits. “Oh, that’s cute. It’s like a joke,” he once decried of Andy Warhol’s artwork. “That’s all I could think of it. I’m looking at the paintings and, well, anybody could have done them. And yet, I knew that one of my huge paintings which had recently been on display and took seven years to complete would sell for far less than one of his soup cans.” Born on November 17, 1934 in Yakima, WA, he studied both music and art at the Central Washington College of Education before being drafted in the Army in 1954. In 1957, Foulkes moved to Los Angeles where he attended the Chouinard Art Institute and began exhibiting alongside Ken Price and Ed Ruscha at the famed Ferus Gallery. Largely absent from the art world since the 1980s, in 2013, Foulkes was the subject of major retrospective at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as well as the documentary film Llyn Foulkes One Man Band, directed by Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty. He continues to live and works in Los Angeles, CA. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.
Llyn Foulkes (83 results)
Post Card #2, 1964

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Post Card #2, 1964

Sale Date: February 15, 2020

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Made in Mexico, 1976

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Made in Mexico, 1976

Sale Date: December 18, 2019

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With Love, 1975

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With Love, 1975

Sale Date: June 5, 2019

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Twin Hills, 1968

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Twin Hills, 1968

Sale Date: March 14, 2019

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Untitled (Mary Louise Chapman, Age 4), 1975

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Untitled (Mary Louise Chapman, Age 4), 1975

Sale Date: October 24, 2018

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To Mr. Nuhu, 1975

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To Mr. Nuhu, 1975

Sale Date: October 24, 2018

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Untitled, 1979

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Untitled, 1979

Sale Date: October 24, 2018

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Bloody Head Series, 2001

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Bloody Head Series, 2001

Sale Date: May 6, 2018

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Untitled, 1969

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Untitled, 1969

Sale Date: May 2, 2018

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Landscape #23, 1996

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Landscape #23, 1996

Sale Date: February 25, 2018

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Return Here, 2000

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Return Here, 2000

Sale Date: November 18, 2017

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CARTE POSTALE, 1975

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CARTE POSTALE, 1975

Sale Date: November 17, 2017

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Untitled, 1992

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Untitled, 1992

Sale Date: March 3, 2017

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Dear David, 1984

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Dear David, 1984

Sale Date: November 6, 2016

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That's my boy, 1977

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That's my boy, 1977

Sale Date: May 1, 2016

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In Memory of F. G. Hough #1, 1974

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In Memory of F. G. Hough #1, 1974

Sale Date: March 1, 2016

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For Stan the Man, 2011

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For Stan the Man, 2011

Sale Date: March 17, 2016

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I Left My Heart at Wounded Knee, 1975

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I Left My Heart at Wounded Knee, 1975

Sale Date: March 17, 2016

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My Last Chance, 2004–2005

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My Last Chance, 2004–2005

Sale Date: November 11, 2015

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Left Foot, 1963

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Left Foot, 1963

Sale Date: October 21, 2015

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Muddie Undone, 1958

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Muddie Undone, 1958

Sale Date: October 21, 2015

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