Size: 30"W x 40"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2015
Jean-Michel was my father's cousin. He was also the first living breathing connection I had to a painter who was doing his art and his art only,on his terms and in his way. It's the first in a number of pieces I've done with Jean as the subject. This painting is 50 inches by 60 inches and was sold within an hour of it's completion. It's based on a black and white photograph by James Van Der Zee taken in 1982 and is available in a 30 x 40 limited edition handmade print
My name is Jean-Philippe Boucicaut. I am painter/photographer born in NYC to parents of Haitian and Corsican descent. My father is a respected documentary film maker and my mother is a painter,both my grandfathers were photographers, mom's cousin is Regine Chassagne of the band Arcade Fire and dad's cousin was Jean-Michel Basquiat. There are classical musicians,chefs, filmmakers and writers in my family and fortunately everyone was encouraged to pursue whatever they were good at. I started drawing at 7 and got my first camera at 11. Donna Karan gave me my first profession job in the arts at 21 as a junior design asst at her Menswear Collection. After a couple of years there I returned to my first loves of painting and photography. They always seemed to be two separate fields and they are in many ways:one being solitary and internal another being more social and interactive. Portraits and faces in general have always fascinated me and so when I started shooting photographs, I began by testing new faces at some of the NY and London modelling agencies.It was a natural progression from painting faces. The current direction of my work is the blending of painting and photography and the blending of painting and sculpture. I spend my time between NY and Los Angeles.