Another genius artist gone too soon. December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988. The prime of his life brought to an abrupt halt, and yet the struggle for joy was so intense but never fully achieved. Temporary highs only. What is it about the artist, wanting to be understood but not until death that their gifts are truly seen, appreciated, and respected. Yearning for acceptance by family, friends and society. Many times used and exploited as the flavor of the moment. However, his talent could not be denied.
Basquiat is one of my favorite artist, his works touches the inner most parts of me. The intensity, passion, and conviction of his work, and feelings is brilliantly projected in your face. So original and ahead of his time is what they say now. Gone too soon just the same. However, he left us with a large incredible body of work for us to get to know him a little bit more.