New World Order

Das B

Hommage series

40.6 x 50.8 cm

16 x 20 inches

Acrylic on cotton canvas

Signed on front – B

(original artwork description)

Inspired by the 1983 painting “The Death of Michael Stewart” (informally known as “Defacement”) which Basquiat created to memorialize the emerging artist who was beaten to death by nyc police after allegedly scrawling graffiti in an East Village subway station.

TBH this painting doesn’t differ much from the original piece, the central character had DasB traits (ears and long nose) which brought my interest to it. Additionally the current status quo in the US, the pandemic and my NYC experience made this all the more relevant. I began to paint in NYC, as a graffiti artist/street artist. Much like Basquait I grew up going to museums all of the time. Thankfully, I had access to a vast majority of the museums of NYC for free and spent years crawling through them on a weekly basis. This painting resonated with me because I have been arrested for graffiti and held at gun point by 5 officers on a roof top in NYC’s midtown, thankfully no one was shot but I was brutally taken down…not a fun experience and it definitely made me rethink how I could keep the street art alive while painting from a safe distance of the police – the canvas became my preferred option.

The original artwork can be found at the Guggenheim museum, I’d recommend anyone and everyone to visit once this pandemic and hardcore self-isolation/social distancing is over. Beyond finding some of Basquiat’s works, one may encounter other great artists from various eras like Chagall and Miro.

Reform the popo, art is essential. 

Additional information

Dimensions 40.6 × 50.8 cm

A0, A1, A2, A3, Original Size


Digital Download, Limited edition print


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