SET OF FOUR-COLOUR SILK SCREEN PRINTS ENTITLED THE FOUR SEASONS BY JOHN 'CRASH' MATOS, 1991
This is a truly unique set of POP-ART lithos from the graffiti turned gallery artist John Crash. Dated 1991, each silk screen print is signed in pencil by the artist, and numbered by the printer.
There are four seasons shown, Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall, and each one is custom framed by us in a simple black wood frame. The Spring print is printed on white Rives paper, TheSummer print is printed on Rives buff paper, the Fall print is printed on Rives cream paper and the Winter print is printed on Rives gray paper. All prints are four colour silk screen. There is so much detail and humor in each image, that you really must look close and spend some time studying each image to fully appreciate this series.
THIS IS THE PRINTERS PROOF EDITION, of which only 3 were made, and this is the 2nd of the 3rd run, which makes this edition of THE FOUR SEASONS more rare and valuable than the published edition of 15.
A printer's proof is not one of the first 2 or 5 or 10 to come off the press. It's the first one that comes off the press that meets the artist's approval for saturation, tonality, density, evenness of printing, etc.
This is held as the printer's proof by the printer (who is customarily not the artist) and is used as a benchmark for printing the edition. All prints must meet the level of quality of the printer's proof. Those that don't are scrapped, and printing continues until the edition is filled... plus a few extra for artist's proofs, personal gifts, etc.
The printer gets to keep the printer's proof, and the artist usually signs it. In France, the printer's proofs were marked bon a tirer, which basically means "good to pull".
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
JOHN MATOS (b. 1961 )
JOHN 'CRASH' MATOS is a NYC born graffiti pioneer and a contemporary of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Matos got his start at age 13 spraying NYC subways, and was the first artist known to incorporate 3-D lettering into his work. After Crash painted an n Eric Clapton signature Stratocaster and gave it to the artist as a gift, Fender Guitars came calling asking him to create 50 graffiti-designed guitars for their company. Recently Crash has signed on to team up with TUMI Luggage, much like Sprouse and Murakami did with Louis Vuitton, to design unique limited editions for their luggage line.
Crash currently has paintings in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Modern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of the City of New York, Flint Institute, Groniger Museum: The Netherlands, Ft. Wayne Museum, Cedar Rapids Museum, Vero Beach Museum, Vieques Museum: Puerto Rico, Naples Museum of Art: FL, and Orlando Museum of Art.
Crash's art on the current market range in price from $2,000 for a single silk-screen print of a regular edition print to over $20,000 for his paintings on canvas. Our asking price of $6,000 for all four silkscreens is below market value, especially since it is a more rare edition of 3/Printers Proof and includes the custom framing.
DIMENSIONS: Art paper size: 30" x 22"
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