The Works of Eddie Martinez, Ugo Rondinone and Derrick Adams

Eddie Martinez 1977 –

Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez and his wife, sculptor Sam Moyer are showing their works in the garden of the Landcraft Garden Foundation. The exhibition was curated by Ugo Rondinone, who is a member of the Landcraft Garden Foundation Art Advisory Board.

Martinez’s work has been doing exceptionally well in the art market in the last few years. His auction record was set in November 2019 when the large canvas High Flying Bird, 2014 sold for $2.02 million.

His paintings and drawings, like his sculptures, are both figurative and abstract. They combine objects that he finds on the streets around his Brooklyn studio. The sculptures are finished with oil, enamel, and spray paint. While nonrepresentational, they suggest human and animal forms that parallel those found in his paintings.

The Landcraft Garden Foundation is located in Mattituck, New York, on Long Island’s East End, in the heart of the North Fork’s wine region.

Sculpture in the Garden 2022: Sam Moyer and Eddie Martinez showcases 14 sculptures by the couple, with 11 by Martinez and three by Moyer. The exhibit is currently on display and will run through October 29, 2022.

Ugo Rondinone 1964 –

Best known for his sun paintings and silkscreens, Ugo Rondinone has also created large, impressive sculptures.

Seven Magic Mountains, one of Rondinone’s most admired sculptures, is undergoing routine restoration.

The sculpture is located ten miles south of Las Vegas, surrounded by mountain ranges. It’s comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high.

It was originally installed in 2016, and was meant to be on display for only two years, but has been so well received, that its exhibition time keeps getting extended.  It received a painting restoration in 2019. About 1,000 sightseers a day visit the amazing sculpture. Seven Magic Mountains will continue to be open to the public through 2026, according to the Nevada Museum of Art.

Derrick Adams 1970 –

Derrick Adams has spent much of his career focused on the importance of relaxation and leisure in the Black community. Tiffany & Co. has chosen Adams to be their first collaborator for Atrium, a program the company hopes will inspire social change.

Adams created a collage for the project titled I Shine, You Shine, We Shine.The work incorporates the iconic Tiffany blue. The collage will be auctioned off on the digital art platform Artsy. All profits from the sale will go towards Adams’ new artist residency The Last Resort Artist Retreat, set to open in his home town of Baltimore next March. The Retreat will be an invitation-only venue, where artists can choose to work or just relax.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Eddie Martinez, Ugo Rondinone, Derrick Adams or any of the fine art work available at VFA.

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Julian Opie’s ‘People’ in SoHo, Ugo Rondinone Curates in Long Island, Javier Calleja Collaborates

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Julian Opie

The lobby of a new office building, in New York’s SoHo district, has installed an artwork by Julian Opie to amplify the minimal design of its architecture. People 13, 2014, is an 11-inch by 144-inch LED, wall mounted work, of digitalized people walking.

The building’s offices, at 2 Crosby Street, are leased by such notable tenants as  French fashion designer Rick Owens and jewelry  designer Maria Tash.

Opie’s exhibit at this year’s Venice Biennale is a bit unusual. The Venice government would not allow the use of LED screen technology, so four of Opie’s aluminium sculptures are on show outside of the St. Regis, the newest luxury hotel in Venice.

Julian Opie’s work is also currently on exhibit at venues in Lausanne, Rome, and Shanghai. His work, in a variety of medium, are available at VFA.

Ugo Rondinone, Eddie Martinez and Sam Moyer

Swiss-born artist, Ugo Rondinone, currently has work on exhibit at the Venice Biennalle, and has also curated an exhibit at the Landcraft Garden in North Fork, Long Island.

The exhibit at the Landcraft Garden includes his own sculptures and those of Eddie Martinez and Sam Moyer, Martinez’s wife.

Martinez is is best known for his abstract figurative and still life paintings. He began creating sculptures in 2013, using found objects that he collects on the beaches around North Fork and on the streets around his Brooklyn studio.

The works of all three artists are very different in form, style and materials. Martinez’s work is  abstract and appears almost unrestrained. Rondinone’s has a more classical feel and Moyer’s work has an architectural quality.

The exhibit at Landcraft Garden will be on view from June 4 to October 29, 2022.

Javier Calleja

Spanish artist Javier Calleja said he was heavily influenced by the comics, cartoons and toys that he read and played with while growing up in Malaga in the 1970s and 1980s.

His stylized large-headed and large-eyed characters have made him an international sensation, with solo museum and gallery  exhibits in Hong Kong, Greece, Germany, Tokyo, Spain, Rome and London.

Calleja’s work has been garnering prices above estimate. At a Phillips 2020 auction, his 2019 painting, No More Stories, sold for HK$4 million (about $509561 USD), well over the 300-500k estimate.

He has collaborated with clothing companies, most recently with VANS, with his artwork on sneakers, tees and even planters.

Calleja’s work is currently on exhibit at Art Basel, Hong Kong, with upcoming shows in Paris, Athens, Tokyo, Shanghai and Dusseldorf.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Julian Opie, Ugo Rondinone, Eddie Martinez, Javier Calleja or any of the other fine art work available at VFA.

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Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn Sets New Auction Record

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Andy Warhol 1928-1987

Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn (1964) sold for $194 million at Christie’s New York on May 9. Bought by an unknown buyer, the work garnered the highest price achieved for an American work of art at auction.

The silkscreen is one in a series of five, based on a promotional photo of Marilyn Monroe from the film Niagara. The historical significance, alluded to in the title of the work, is that Dorothy Podber, a visitor to Warhol’s studio, pulled out a gun and shot through the stack of Marilyn silkscreens that were piled up in the studio.

Eddie Martinez 1977 –

The vibrant works of Eddie Martinez have been garnering much attention and setting records for at auction.

The Brooklyn-based artist says that he loves graffiti, but stopped painting on walls (when he wasn’t invited to), deciding that incarceration wasn’t worth the risk. He attended the Art Institute of Boston and moved to New York.

His style, that combines fine art with a flowing, street sensibility, has gotten him international recognition. He has had solo shows at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, the Drawing Center in New York, the Bronx Museum, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College and has been featured in The New York Times, the Brooklyn Rail, Art in America and other prestigious publications and galleries.

In 2019, his High Flying Bird (2014) painting sold for $2.02 million at Christie’s.

Martinez and his wife, artist Sam Moyer, work with young artists in New York’s Free Arts program.

Tom Wesselmann 1931-2004

I find sometimes I get so excited working, especially when starting new ideas; I get so excited that I get uncomfortable. It almost feels dangerous, like I’m flirting with something dangerous. – Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann was envious of Willem de Kooning and became intrigued by the works of Henri Matisse while he studied at Cooper Union from 1956 to 1959. One of his teachers, Nicholas Marsicano, encouraged him “to find your own way. . . You can’t do what Matisse did.” Still, the  influence of Matisse can be seen in the colors and lines of Wesselmann’s works .

Wesselmann often payed tribute to the artists he admired. He sculpted with cutouts, a la Matisse, and created Maquette for Still Life with Johns and Matisse. One of his finest still life works is Mixed Bouquet with Leger and Monica Sitting with Mondrian is an homage to another great artist.

Tom Wesselmann: After Matisse will be on exhibit at the Almine Rech Paris Gallery from June 11 through July 30, 2022.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Andy Warhol, Eddie Martinez or Tom Wesselmann available at VFA.

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Jonas Wood at Frieze LA and more…

Many galleries at this year’s Frieze LA require masking and proof of vaccine, but according to Los Angeles Times art critic, Christopher Knight, it’s worth the trip.

Jonas Wood 1977 –

One of the highlights of the show are works by Jonas Wood, particularly the Patterned Interior with Mar Vista View. “Think Matisse on acid in Nice,” Knight writes.

In an interview in January, Wood said that he sometimes finds it difficult to part with a painting. “I always keep a painting or two from every show.” he said, “I really wanted to keep that pattern couch painting [“Patterned Interior with Mar Vista View”]. I lived with that painting for two years, and it was a really joyful experience to live with it in my studio”.

A soft ground etching of Patterned Interior with Mar Vista View is available at VFA.

David Hockney 1947 –

The Roosevelt Hotel is one of Los Angeles’ most popular destinations, especially for Frieze LA, complete with a pool that was decorated by David Hockney in 1988. According to the hotel’s website, ” Mr. Hockney came to The Hollywood Roosevelt one beautiful morning in 1988 with a can of blue paint and a 6″ paint brush tied to a broom handle. Over the span of about four hours working at the bottom of the empty pool, he covered it with his signature circular brush strokes.”

The pool has gone through a restoration and designated an Historic-Cultural Monuments by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, which recognizes and protects the city’s most cherished and significant historical resources.

Eddie Martinez 1977

The bold colors, distinct lines and brushstrokes of Eddie Martinez have made his works internationally appreciated and highly sought after.

He’s had several shows in Hong Kong and a recent solo exhibit in Shanghai.

Martinez’s large scale paintings are also on display during Frieze LA, where the Brooklyn-based artist continues to use his unique style to create works that combine figurative and expressionist style.

Alex Katz 1927 – present

In 2015, the Guggenheim Bilboa presented a survey of landscapes by Alex Katz that went back to works from the 1980s. Over the course of his long career, the 94-year-old artist has had many, many exhibits around the world, but a retrospective is long overdue.

It is fitting that a retrospective for Katz, a consummate New Yorker, will be presented at the Guggenheim New York. The exhibit will open in October 2022 and run through February 2023.

One of our favorite artists at VFA, in part for his masterful fine art prints, a variety of his works, both print and sculpture, are available in our gallery.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the work of Jonas Wood, David Hockney, Eddie Martinez, Alex Katz or the work any of the other fine artists at VFA.

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Vertu Fine Art at Miami Art Fair 2021

We are pleased to announce that Vertu Fine Art will be exhibiting at the 31st Edition of Art Miami at the downtown Herald Plaza. The Miami Art Fair runs from November 30th through December 5th, 2021.

Many of the works on exhibit in our gallery are recent acquisitions by contemporary artists like Alex Katz, Kenny Scharf, Julian Opie, Derrick Adams, Ethan Cook and Harland Miller.

View the show portfolio here and a preview of some of the works that we will have on display below:

Alex Katz
White Impatiens, 2015
70h x 53w
Available at VFA

Alex Katz will be having a much-deserved retrospective at the Guggenheim, New York, scheduled to run from October 14, 2022 through February 20, 2023.

Harland Miller Thought After Filthy Thought, 2019

Harland Miller Thought After Filthy Thought, 2019 Etching with Relief printing 58.60h x 35.30w in 74/75 HM003

Recent acquisitions by London-based artist, Harland Miller will be at our Fair gallery. Miller is best known for his tongue-in-cheek book cover works that he was inspired to paint when he was a lonely, young artist living in Paris. It was there that he began to buy and read Penguin books for comfort and later began to use the covers as a basis for his artwork.

George Condo untitled, 1985
Oil on Canvas
13h x 9.50w in Framed: 18.50h x 14.50w in
Signed on Verso
Available at VFA

George Condo has been a powerful influence on art, literature and music since the 1980s. Working in New York and Paris between 1985 and 1995, his Artificial Realism drawings and paintings influenced and inspired great writers like William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg and Salman Rushdie. Condo still lives and works in New York.

Ethan Cook
Cut outs, 2021
Acrylic on aluminum and ash wood
22h x 22w x 4d in
Signed and numbered on the Verso
Available at VFA

Brooklyn-based artist, Ethan Cook, is best known for weaving blocks of color, on a hand loom, that form his canvasses. He also does sculptural work using everyday materials, like the aluminum and ash wood he used for the works available at VFA.

Derrick Adams
Mirroring Idealism, 2021
Wall relief of UV curable pigment on Mirror Dibond 23.25h x 53.50w x 3d in
Signed and numbered
Available at VFA

Derrick Adams’ work focuses on leisure and culture in the African-American community. He is so committed to encourage leisure as therapy for Black artists, that he has opened The Last Resort in his hometown of Baltimore, for invitees to create or just relax.

Kenny Scharf
Hedz, 2016
Oil on linen with powder coated frame
48.75h x 34.75w in
Framed: 50h x 36w in
Signed on the verso
Available at VFA

It’s always fun to see what Los Angeles-based artist, Kenny Scharf is up to. We’ve recently acquired oil paintings, prints with diamond dust and sculptures from the artist who has been making the world a better place since he began showing his work in New York in the 1980s.

The works of many more exciting artists, like Julian Opie, KAWS, Susumu Kamijo, Timothy Curtis, Eddie Martinez and others, will be on display at our Art Miami booth. Please contact us if you would like more information about the Miami Art Fair 2021 or about the works available at VFA.

Eddie Martinez, Yoshitomo Nara and Yue Minjun

Eddie Martinez 1977-

The work of Eddie Martinez has been evolving over the last few years and has become highly coveted in art markets around the world.

He has spent much time, since the start of the pandemic, working in his Brooklyn studio, on paintings and prints that, he said, reflected his emotions during a difficult time. “Obviously there is a lot of anger and anxiety in this country right now,” Martinez said, “so I do feel some relief making these works and sharing them on Instagram, etcetera.”

During this year’s Art Basel in Basel, one of Martinez’s work sold for $90,000, another for $200,000.

The popularity of Martinez’s work in the Asian market has been fueled by Chinese rock star, Jay Chou. Chou, whose mother was a music teacher who also taught fine art, instilled a love of music and art in her son. She hoped he would one day teach music. He, instead, became a singer and songwriter, selling over 30 million records and garnering a large following on social media. Something about Eddie Martinez’s work spoke to Chou and he not only posted the work on his social media sites, but also traveled to the United States to meet the artist and attend an exhibit.

Martinez not only paints and creates original lithographs, he works in a variety of medium like oil pastel, ink, white out and crayon. A variety of these works are available at VFA.

His work is part of the permanent collection of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, the Marciano Collection in Los Angeles, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Saatchi Collection and many other fine museums and galleries around the world.

Eddie Martinez lives and works in Brooklyn, with his wife, artist Sam Moyer.

Yoshitomo Nara 1959-

Yoshitomo Nara’s retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) reflects thirty years of the artist’s work. Nara is one of Japan’s most esteemed artists, whose paintings and sculptures have garnered some of the highest prices on the art market.

During the recent Art Basel in Basel, two of Nara’s works sold for $1.75 million each, although many of his works have sold for much more. In 2019, Sotheby’s sold his Knife Behind Back, 2000 for a record-setting $25 million in Hong Kong.

The mischievous, wide-eyed children, that make up many of his works, appeal to universal emotions and sensibility. His retrospective will be on exhibit at LACMA through January 2022 and then  travel to Shanghai, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Yue Minjun 1962 –

Chinese artist Yue Minjun’s works are part of a current exhibit at LACMA called Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation.

The repetitive smiling faces in Minjun’s works reflect an undercurrent of anxiety in China. In an interview, Yue said that the demand for conformity under Mao meant that “everyone had to do the right thing…which is why the act of smiling, laughing to mask feelings of helplessness has such significance to my generation.”

This exhibition is part of LACMA’s ongoing partnership with the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. It is a joint effort to create collaborative exhibitions and to provide both museums with greater access to a more diverse collection of artworks.

Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation will be on display through March 13, 2022.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Eddie Martinez, Yoshitomo Nara and Yue Minjun available at VFA.

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Recently Acquired works by Eddie Martinez, Timothy Curtis and Roy Lichtenstein at VFA

Eddie Martinez 1977 –

We are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of unique and intimate works by Eddie Martinez, whose creations have been highly sought after in recent years, with a large painting going for $2 million at Christies at the end of 2019.

A largely self-taught graffiti artist, who lives and works in Brooklyn, Martinez usually works large, using spray paint and mixed media in his huge, often figurative, works that combine Pop, Neo-Expressionism into his distinctive and boldly colored paintings.

Our recent acquisitions, each Untitled, are small, personal, hand-drawn works that were created with a variety of media from crayon to oil pastel, acrylic ink, marker and even white out.

In the past few years, Eddie Martinez’ audience has expanded from collectors in the U.S. to collectors around the world, with shows in as diverse venues as the Bronx Museum and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai.

Timothy Curtis 1982 –

Timothy Curtis has had an incredible career as a graffiti artist, who began studying art in earnest when he was incarcerated in 2008. He studied art history and honed his drawing skills (and earned some extra cash) by doing portraits of fellow inmates to send to their friends and families.

Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, acted as a mentor and gave Curtis his first solo show in Japan.

Curtis’ works are playful, uninhibited and masterfully drawn. Recent acquisitions at VFA, Caught in the Twist and Death Won’t Do Us Apart are from the artist’s Ghost Bike series. The Ghost Bike series was first shown at the 2020 Armory Show in New York.

Curtis has an upcoming solo show at Albertz Benda Gallery in New York this fall and an exhibit at the K11 Museum in Hong Kong in 2022.

Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997

Before 1961, Roy Lichtenstein was an educator (he taught art at Rutgers University) and an artist who was trying to find his way in the changing world of modern art.

He displayed his work, complete with Benday Dots, in 1961, at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. In 1962, he was given a solo show at Castelli and it was sold out before it opened.

Looking back at the work that Lichtenstein did before 1961 reveals the influence that European modernism, American historical paintings and traditional Chinese art had on his style.

An exhibit of the works that he did from 1948 to 1960 has been put together by a collaboration between the Colby College Museum of Art and Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making 1948-1960 will be traveling from the Colby College Museum to the
Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, Long Island, New York from August 1 – October 24, 2021, then on to the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio from March 4 to June 5, 2022 and will make a final stop at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina from August 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023.

The Nasher Museum made a video of History in the Making that shows many of Lichtenstein’s early works and the surprised reactions from young artists who have never known Lichtenstein’s story.

Brushstrokes became a theme in many of Lichtenstein’s works; a nod to Abstract Expressionists, an ironic nod to the lack of brushstrokes in the mechanical-appearing works that made him famous.  Lichtenstein did several Brushstroke sculptures before creating a series  of lithographs that not only feature brushstrokes, but are done in hands-on woodcut and waxtype.

We have recently acquired Green Face from the Brushstroke Figures, done in 1989, a fine example of Lichtenstein’s skill as artist and printmaker.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Eddie Martinez, Timothy Curtis or Roy Lichtenstein available at VFA.

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The Works of Eddie Martinez, Yoshitomo Nara and Roy Lichtenstein at VFA

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Eddie Martinez

Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction last month garnered over $260 million dollars. The Modern and Contemporary art sale focused on Asian artists, like Yoshitomo Nara. Eddie Martinez was among the few Western artists that Asian collectors snapped up.

Martinez’ bold, freestyle, dream-like, Picasso-gone-wild technique is very relatable and has made his works some of the most sought after in the past few years.

Martinez was born in the Groton Naval Base in Groton, Connecticut in 1977. He attended the Art Institute of Boston and left after a year when he discovered his own unique style.

The New York Times art critic, Martha Schwendener, wrote, “Mr. Martinez is like a graffiti-artist coming off the street to quarrel with his heroes, except he’s more about homage than erasure.” Martinez did a lot of graffiti art, but said he didn’t like the risk, and took is more comfortable working in his Brooklyn studio.

Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara is a superstar in Japan. Sprout, one of the works he painted after the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011, sold for $2.5 million at the Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction.

Nara lives an hour away from the epicenter of the quake and volunteered with relief groups, which he attributes to giving his work new inspiration.

Nara was born in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan in 1959. He was a latch key kid, and spent much of his time listening to punk rock that he heard on an American radio station. He didn’t understand the lyrics, but the sound influenced the feeling of his works and he went on to create album covers for R.E.M, Shonen Knife and other bands.

After receiving his B.F.A. in 1985 and M.F.A. in 1987 from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music Nara studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany.

Nara currently has a major retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which will run through July 5, 2021.

Roy Lichtenstein

There’s still time to see the Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop! exhibit at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in downtown Sarasota. The horticultural staff duplicated the whimsy of Lichtenstein’s interpretation of Monet’s works.

The exhibit includes indoor gallery displays of Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop interpretations of Monet. The exhibit is fun, fanciful and will remain on display through June 27th.

Lichtenstein’s works are also included in the POP Power from Warhol to Koons show at the David Owsley Museum of Art in Muncie, Indiana. The show, which runs through May 26, spans fifty years of Pop history and includes the works of Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst alongside Lichtenstein’s.

The works of each of these artists is available at VFA. Please contact us if you would like more information about the fine art prints, paintings and sculpture for sale at VFA.

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Roy Lichtenstein, Austin Lee & Eddie Martinez

Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997

Roy Lichtenstein, 1993

Roy Lichtenstein’s keen intellect and talent led him to become one of the most influential forces in the Postmodern era of art in America.

He was a university instructor with a Masters in Fine Arts, and took a lot of heat in the 1960s for combining fine and commercial art until the Pop culture was embraced.

Last July, one of his later works, Nude with Joyous Painting, done in 1994, sold at Christie’s auction for more than $46 million.

Although best know for his paintings, Lichtenstien was also a sculptor and lithographer.

We have some of his finest and unique works available at VFA, including a porcelain Landscape Mobile sculpture done in 1990 and Landscape 6a screenprint collage, done in 1967.

Austin Lee 1983 –

Austin Lee

Like Roy Lichtenstein, the playful style of Austin Lee’s work belies his superior intellect and ability. The New York-based artist received his Masters of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Art in 2013.

In a 2019 piece about his Feels Good show in New York, Sarah Nechamkin wrote in Interview Magazine, “I’m into Austin Lee’s Feels Good because I’ve always wanted to peer inside the Claymation-ized mind of a child high on Elmer’s glue and Lisa Frank. Lee’s portraits of happy-go-lucky humanoids, painted in various shades of Day-Glo, can only come from the imagination of someone not yet corrupted by the cynical forces of fine detail.”

Lee does his preliminary sketches on an iPad and then uses Photoshop or virtual reality technology to complete his work.

Lee’s 2019 Brush Bear is for sale at VFA.

Eddie Martinez 1977 –

Eddie Martinez in his studio, 2017

Graffiti was Eddie Martinez’s medium of choice, until the possibility of arrest made him reconsider graffiti on walls and he opted for work on canvas. Martinez spent a year at the Art Institute of Boston and then set up a studio in Brooklyn, where he creates works that are distinctive and dynamic.

His work has been some of the most sought after in the art market. New York gallerist, Josephine Nash said that his “work is collected globally, and equally by younger and more established collectors.”

Martinez often works in series and repeated design. His paintings and lithographs are instantly recognizable.

Some of his finest lithographs are available at VFA.

Roy Lichtenstein and Other Featured Artists at VFA

Please contact us if you would like more information about the fine art works for sale at VFA.

Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Nude with Joyous Painting’ big hit, Christie’s online sale fetches $421 mn. Economic Times Magazine. London Edition. July 14, 2020.
Martha Schwendener. The Armory Show: Playing It Safe During an Unsettled Time. The New York Times. March 5, 2020.
Sarah Nechamkin. Into: Austin Lee’s Uncynical Day-Glo Humanoids. Interview Magazine. March 2019.
Benjamin Sutton. Why Painter Eddie Martinez Is Having His Biggest Market Year Yet. Artsy. August 6, 2020.

Eddie Martinez in Hong Kong / Other Featured Artists

Eddie Martinez

It’s hard to imagine going to an in-person art fair these days, but about 8,000 people showed up to view the works at the Asia of Art Basel art fair in Hong Kong at the end on November.

Among the highlights of the fair was a 26-foot long, untitled painting by Eddie Martinez that sold to a collector from Taiwan for $1 million.

Eddie Martinez was also one of the top selling artists at Phillip’s London auction on December 15th.

Timothy Curtis

The works of Brooklyn-based graffiti artist Timothy Curtis are on exhibit called Universes 3 at the WOAW gallery in Hong Kong this month. The show looks at the way various international artists view their ‘alternate realities’.

Curtis is a self-taught artist, born in Philadelphia, where he began to paint graffiti at the age of nine. He spent seven years in prison, where he studied art and art history. His skill at drawing faces made him one of the most popular inmates in prison. His talent has led to an outstanding career, with international recognition of his work.

Susumu Kamijo

Susumu Kamijo has been inspired by the clients of his dog groomer girlfriend. His sweet, funny and empathetic works have become more sought after than ever.

His work Candy set a new auction record for Kamijo at Phillip’s New York Auction on December 8th, garnering more than twice the estimate.

Kenny Scharf

Phillip’s December 8th auction also saw high demand for the works of Kenny Scharf. Scharf’s career began in the 1980s in New York and continued, quietly and steadily, through the decades. In 2017 his work was featured in a show at MoMa and a show at the Whitney, and his career took off.

His latest project is a collaboration with Dior for the 2021 menswear fashion collection. Designer Kim Jones has used Scharf’s fabric designs for shirts, jackets, shoes and bags.

Julian Opie

More that twenty double-sided LED screens, the work of British artist, Julian Opie, have been placed along St Kilda Road in the City of Melbourne. The Australian Bird designs were inspired by his father’s stories of growing up in Australia. The  public art works were commissioned by the City of Melbourne for the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial. Two additional works will be unveiled in 2023 and 2026.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the fine art work for sale at VFA.

Oliver Giles. What Sold At Hong Kong Spotlight By Art Basel. Hong Kong Tattler. December 3, 2020.
Benjamin Sutton. Why Painter Eddie Martinez Is Having His Biggest Market Year Yet. Artsy/Art Market. August 6, 2020.
Joey Garfield. Timothy Curtis: Never One Day Not Having Fun. Juxtapoz. February 27, 2017.
“Universes 3” Group Exhibit at WOAW Gallery in Hong Kong. Street Art News. December 2, 2020.
Phillips Achieves Highest Total in Company History for 20th Century and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, At $162.4 Million. ArtfixDaily/Artwire. New York. December 9, 2020.
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