Size: 30"W x 40"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
This was the painting that almost didn't happen. I had sketched Kate Moss on a cocktail napkin, at a small get together she was having at her agent's townhouse off of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Unfinished Symphony by Massive Attack was playing on the sound system It was 1997, camera phones didn't exist. I wasn't walking around with my little point and shoot yet. The only way to capture what was in front of you at a moment's notice,was to sketch it and make a painting later. I thought for sure I'd lost the Avedon book I put that napkin in, but in 2013, 4 moves and two coasts later, that book turned up...and so did the napkin. The original painting is 50 inches x 60 inches /acrylic , tea stain and oil paint pen on unprimed canvas
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.