Piece description from the artist
"King Samo" started as a collage using pages from the Kama Sutra on canvas. After I finished the collage, I wasn't sure where I wanted to take the piece, so it sat in my California studio (which happens to be in a barn where summers are very hot). That summer (2016), the heat caused the pages of the Kama Sutra to peel and flake, showing it's age. I would walk by the piece everyday to paint, and brush of parts of the pages, leaving a very rich texture. When the pice aged to my liking, I added spraypaint and acrylic to depict one of my favorite artists – Jean-Michel Basquiat. To add further detail, I cut pages of Shakespeare to add depth to Basquiat’s face. Finally, I finished the piece with epoxy resin.
King Samo (original) was shown at “Beyond Street Art” show at Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, CT (February 2018). It was purchased at the opening reception, and now resides in a residence in Greenwich, CT
Blake Jamieson is a pop artist from San Francisco, California. His vibrant pop art portraits are inspired by street art. Jamieson has painted portraits for over 150 professional athletes and celebrities, including Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), Joe Montana (San Francisco 49ers), Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent), Rick Harrison (Pawn Stars), and more.
Jamieson’s collectors span the globe, with works in the US, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Dubai, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Jamieson recently moved to Manhattan, NY, and set up a second art studio in Long Island City. In his NY studio, Jamieson hosts a monthly cocktail brunch and open studio. Email email@example.com if you’d like to be invited to the next event.