Richard Prince x Supreme
American painter and photographer, Richard Prince, was born in the Panama Canal Zone in 1949, when the area was still under U.S. control.
In 1973, after being turned down by the San Francisco Art Institute, Prince moved to New York City. There, he took a job in the Time Life Building preparing magazine clippings, which left considerable numbers of popular advertisements laying around afterwards. Those images became an important aspect in the artist's career. Throughout the 1980s, Prince was intimately involved in the New Wave scene, playing in bands, frequenting venues, and becoming involved in the emerging arena of conceptual art.
Prince's work has maintained a sense of artificiality and comments on consumer culture. He has recreated photographs such as Girlfriends, a series of biker magazine pinup models, made sculpture of found objects such as car hoods or flip flops, and developed collage-like cowboy images created from cigarette advertisements. The simple re-presentation of a photograph of Brooke Shields at age 10 standing naked in a bathtub hijacks another photographer's title, Spiritual America.
Trained as a figure painter, but creating work extending far into the realm of pop culture and its ambiguous use of found material, Prince's work has shown internationally since his first solo exhibition in 1980 at Artists Space in New York. The artist currently lives and works in upstate New York.
In a second installment of the Supreme Artists Series, Richard Prince has designed two exclusive skate decks for Supreme. The first features a black, abstract character on a white background and the second design has a laser etching of a skull-bunny on a black background.
Available at Supreme stores worldwide.