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Rendered in gleaming primary colors, this 2012 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).

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Indentations / Ding
Area: Other area
Location: Lower left
Notes: Tiny ding to lower left corner by the signature
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Private Collection, London
  • Ships From: United Kingdom
  • Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 24 in. (60.96 x 60.96 cm.)
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