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Stephen Powers (American, b.1968)
LOT ID: 78488
Everything Is Shit, 2010

Enamel, on aluminum
24 х 24 in. (60.96 x 60.96 cm.)
Signed, and dated, verso
Lot description
Know for his colorful lettering and witty messages, Stephen Powers a.k.a. ESPO is a prominent figure in the contemporary graffiti art scene. Set against a stark black background, Powers presents one of his most iconic messages, "Everything is Shit Except you Love," with bold new colors, bringing a revitalized sense of life to his words.

Stephen Powers (b. 1968) a.k.a. ESPO (Exterior Surface Painting Outreach) is an internationally recognized graffiti artist. After legal difficulties in 1999, Powers took a different approach to his artistic practice. Having already assumed roles such as publisher for On the Go Magazine and author of several books (The Art of Getting Over, First and Fifteenth, and Studio Gangster), Powers began showing work in notable galleries such as New York City's Deitch Projects. In 2005, he organized the "Dreamland Artist's Club,” a project which allowed professional artists to help Coney Island vendors by repainting their signs. Soon after, Powers was the recipient of the Fulbright Prize (2007) and spent six months working in Ireland, creating public artwork with the help of local teenagers from troubled areas in Dublin and Belfast. His work has recently been the subject of solo shows at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY (2012); V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2011); White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2009); Alice Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (2009); Patricia Armocida Gallery, Milan, Italy (2008); and Deitch Projects, New York, NY (2004).
Everything Is Shit by Stephen Powers
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