Studio 54




[spray paint and graffiti marker on vintage skateboards]

£750

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This collection features a series of skate deck portraits, commemorating the famous New York nightclub - Studio 54, located at 254 West 54th Street, between Eighth Avenue and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan.

An interrelated quintet of iconic artists were frequent patrons - Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-michel Basquiat, Grace Jones and Debbie Harry.


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"There were the beautiful people, the poseurs, the fantasists... It was about the mix of people, all in one place."
Grace Jones



"It's a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor."
Andy Warhol





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All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

People Have The Power

A skatedeck artwork of Patti Smith created by artist James Straffon

People Have The Power
Repurposed vintage TRUTOYS High Flyer MISSILE skateboard. Spray paint on plywood.
An Old School Pool / Bowl Deck, with original rails, old school spoiler nose guard, bird lapper and tail bone.
77cm x 25cm x 10cm
POA


A skatedeck artwork of Patti Smith created by artist James Straffon

A skatedeck artwork of Patti Smith created by artist James Straffon

A skatedeck artwork of Patti Smith created by artist James Straffon

A skatedeck artwork of Patti Smith created by artist James Straffon

A skatedeck artwork of Patti Smith created by artist James Straffon


All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

sKATE

Kate Moss - skateboard artwork created by artist James Straffon
sKATE
Repurposed vintage skateboard. Spray paint on plywood.
75cm x 20cm x 10cm
POA


In 1994, on a shoot for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, German photographer Peter Lindbergh created what was to become an iconic image of the twenty-year-old British fashion model Kate Moss. The style was raw and atypical of the ubiquitous, over-sexualised gloss of the fashion industry at that time. Lindbergh was inspired by the work of American photographer and photojournalist Walker Evans (1903 - 1975), specifically his celebrated chronicle of America’s mid-1930s Great Depression.

In a later interview with Nick Knight for Show Studio, Moss said of the shoot 
“When I was doing it I remember thinking ‘this is a classic Lindbergh picture’.”


In representing this immortal image, sKATE appropriates the same rawness, mirroring the wooden, weather-beaten vertical shutter-board background used in the original Lindbergh photograph through the skate deck’s time worn surface.

Kate Moss - skateboard artwork created by artist James Straffon



Kate Moss - skateboard artwork created by artist James Straffon


All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.