JOHN "CRASH" MATOS - Titled "Adriane", Drawing, 1983. Ink and watercolor on paper, measures approx 11 x 9". Signed and dated lower right.
Provenance: Ex Collection of Henk Pijnenburg
Graffiti legend, John "Crash" Matos, is now regarded as a pioneer of the international Graffiti art movement. John Matos went by the name of "Crash" during his Graffiti days in New York, and was one of the most successful of the group of artists who exhibited in the premier Graffiti theme show at Sidney Janis Gallery during the late 80s. His method of painting is more complex than was his peers and incorporated carefully-chosen pop imagery. The artist was spray-painting New York City subway cars by age 13, and soon moved from simple 'tagging', to full-image artworks transferred onto canvas. His early murals on dilapidated buildings and subway trains inspired a generation of painters. SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS INCLUDE: Aachen, Neue Galerie-Sammlung Ludwig, Germany; Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Cornell Museum Of Art And History, Delray Beach, FL; Galerie d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy; Groniger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Museum Boymans-van Beuninger, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum of the City of New York,New York, NY; Neumann Family Collection, Chicago, IL; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; Peter Styvesant Collection, The Netherlands; Tampa Museum of Art,Tampa, FL; The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; U.S.A.F. Thunderbird Museum, Las Vegas, NV; Varreneman Foundation, Kruishoutem, Belgium