Lot #73: Stephen Powers, suite of four prints, 2018

STEPHEN POWERS
I Got Something Done, 2018
Four-color lithograph with woodcut
8 x 10 inches
Edition size: 60
Publisher: Line Press Limited
Collaborating printer: Ruth Lingen, Nina Dine, Mackenzie Kimler

My Process, 2018
Four-color lithograph with woodcut
8 x 10 inches
Edition size: 60
Publisher: Line Press Limited
Collaborating printer: Ruth Lingen, Nina Dine, Mackenzie Kimler

Sorrows Swim, 2018
Eleven-color lithograph with woodcut
8 x 10 inches
Edition size: 60
Publisher: Line Press Limited
Collaborating printer: Ruth Lingen, Nina Dine, Mackenzie Kimler

Valentine’s Wishes, 2018
Ten-color lithograph with woodcut
8 x 10 inches
Edition size: 60
Publisher: Line Press Limited
Collaborating printer: Ruth Lingen, Nina Dine, Mackenzie Kimler

Donated by Robyn Mewshaw

ABOUT THE ARTIST
(source: artnet.com)

Stephen Powers is a contemporary American artist best known for his text-based conceptual works. Frequently emblazoned on the sides of storefronts, large buildings, and gallery walls, his works are influenced by graphic design and traditional sign painting. Born on May 25, 1968 in Philadelphia, PA, Powers studied briefly at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and at the University of the Arts. Moving to New York in the early 1990s, he established his career as a graffiti artist, going by the alias ESPO (Exterior Surface Painting Outreach). The artist’s work primarily deals with issues of legality and political disenfranchisement. After years of illegally painting storefront grates throughout the five boroughs of New York, he was arrested for protesting Mayor Rudy Giuliani the Brooklyn Museum. Powers’ work has gained significant recognition and acclaim, leading to projects such as his A Love Letter to Brooklyn (2011). Beyond his art, he has established himself as a both a publisher and author, including work for On the Go Magazine, and books such as The Art of Getting OverFirst and Fifteenth, and Studio Gangster. The artist lives and works in New York, NY.

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