KINGS Original Painting
Materials and Dimensions:
Mixed media: Gold Leaf, Diamon Dust, and Acrylic Paint on Original Photograph of Basquiat (BRAD BRANSON) and Warhol (BYSTEDT).
47" x 51"
About Karen Bystedt:
Karen Bystedt, founder and photographer of The Lost Warhols brings to life one of the greatest art icons of the twentieth century. Shot at 'The Factory' in New York City, Bystedt was a student at NYU, working on a book on the top male models of the era, when she cold called Andy Warhol. Andy himself answered the phone and agreed to a rare sitting with Bystedt in the conference room at 'The Factory'.
Bystedt went on to publish four books. Having found the negatives in 2011, long lost since the initial shoot in 1982, in Andy's spirit, Bystedt has began collaborating with some of the great artists in the street and pop art genres of today including Peter Tunney, Speedy Graphito, Gregory Siff, Dom Pattinson and Chris Brown aka Konfuzed.
Permanent collections of the Lost Warhols may be found at The Andy Warhol Museum, the Armenian Museum of Modern Art, the Hearst Foundation, the Lourdes Foundation and in the private collections of Prince Albert of Monaco, Tomoasso Buti, George Lopez, David Caruso and the Dean Collection (Swizz Beats) among others. With Murals located in Los Angeles, California as well as Houston, Texas.
About Brad Branson:
Brad Branson, who passed on in 2012, left behind an incredible wealth of photographs documenting the arts and fashion scene of the '80s and '90s. A native Angeleno, Branson loved Hollywood's Golden Age and charmed his way into an assistant position with Gloria Swanson at age seventeen. Later, under the tutelage of renowned photographer Paul Jasmin, Branson's portraits of pop and underground cult icons began appearing in magazines including Andy Warhol’s Interview, L.A. Style, and Rolling Stone.
In 1983, Larry Gagosian rented a studio for Basquiat on Market Street in Venice, California, where the artist begins a series of paintings on wood panels which were later shown at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York, and include Flexible and Gold Griot. Introduced by a friend who was an assistant to Basquiat at that time, Branson shot several images of the artist.