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2006 S. Clay Wilson Original Artwork - Special Published Exhibit Piece for La Luz De Jesus Gallery
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,200
Original artwork, titled Captain Bobblesnout has friction with his crew members, by legendary underground cartoonist S. Clay Wilson (1941- ). This is an extremely substantial and significant museum caliber piece. Signed and dated by the artist ("S. Clay Wilson 2006") in the upper left corner. The graphic image, executed in India ink on Strathmore Bristol Smooth, pictures a pirate captain using his cutlass to split open the head of one if his crew members, who has already been disemboweled and had one leg cut off. This is one of Wilson's last artworks and it has a very special history and provenance: This piece was personally submitted by Wilson for display at La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, California, for a special two-part exhibit held in celebration of the gallery's 25th anniversary in 2011. In conjunction with the exhibit, La Luz de Jesus Gallery published a 278 page hardcover book, titled La Luz De Jesus The Little Gallery That Could (La Luz De Jesus Press, 2001), that featured all of the artwork from that 25th anniversary exhibit, including the offered Wilson artwork. (A copy of the book is included with the artwork.) S. Clay Wilson, whose work regularly appeared in Zap Comix, was one of the leading figures in the underground comics movement and his artwork often features scenes of graphic violence and sex. Wilson stopped drawing shortly after he produced this work in 2006 and in 2008 he suffered a debilitating brain injury that effectively ended his career. (The cause of his injury has never been determined, but it appears that he was attacked and beaten after leaving a friend's house in San Francisco. Wilson was in a coma for many days and remembered nothing when he regained consciousness. As a result of his injury, he is now severely limited in his physical abilities and has since been afflicted with dementia.) The artwork 9.5 x 8 inches (image area) remains in Near Mint condition and has been matted and framed to total dimensions of 15.25 x 12.25 inches.Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,200
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