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Stephen Powers (American, b.1968)
LOT ID: 78484
What's Mine is Yours, 2009

Enamel, on metal
10 х 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm.)
Other, framed in a glossy black frame with glass. Not viewed out of frame.
Lot description
Framed size is 16 x 14 inches (40.64 x 35.56 cm).

Rendered in gleaming primary colors, this 2009 work from urban artist Stephen Powers, a.k.a. ESPO, exemplifies the artist's vibrant sensibility and reliance on the juxtaposition of word and image.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Stephen Powers graduated from University of the Arts before relocating to New York City in 1995. Powers's alias ESPO (Exterior Surface Painting Outreach) won him notoriety, not only in the graffiti world, but also in the world of international contemporary art. After legal difficulties in 1999, Powers took a different approach to his practice. Having already assumed many 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).
What's Mine is Yours by Stephen Powers
  • What's Mine is Yours by Stephen Powers
  • What's Mine is Yours by Stephen Powers
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