Olympic

Olympic
Signed Print

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Screenprint, 1982
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 56cm x W 76cm

Critical Review

A sinister canine figure lurks at the top right of the image, humanised with a bowler hat, next to text reading ‘Walt Disney’, suggestive of the Hollywood thematics of works such as Hollywood Africans. References to soap abound, as well as drawings of soap bars which brush up against references to cockroaches, suggesting a conflict between a restless underworld and a conflicting, decontaminating force.

Various layers of paint in contrasting tones compete against each other, indicating a canvas that was reworked over time. A singular ‘S’ is repeated across the image in an upturned triangle, most likely a reference to SAMO, the graffiti duo to which Basquiat belonged before his move into the gallery world.