Size: 20"W x 30"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
One of my lifelong heroes. A sports hero rockstar, who always knew who he was and what he stood for.At a time when there were very few black role models let alone boxing superstars,he shown bright . I met Mohammed about 12 years ago when I was teaching painting to inner city kids at risk ,and he kindly and tirelessly sat and talked to each child and their parents and (assorted friends of) who had waited for hours to meet the Champ and he didn't disappoint. He had already been showing difficulty speaking but the spark in the eye was unmistakeable and he even cracked a racy joke for my ears only. He is the Greatest. A world treasure.Ive painted him a total of four times now. This piece was commissioned and is 50 inches by 60 inches. Fine art print being made available 20 x 30
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.