Artist of the Week: George Condo

Painting: Superman & Untitled

“There’s a life to art, beyond it just being made”

George Condo is a multi-talented American artist born in 1957. Condo’s skills range from painting, sculpting, drawing and printmaking. Condo is known for pushing the envelope with his work. His art is easily identifiable and is often described as ‘weird’ because of his imaginary characters which are extremely morphed, distorted and disfigured. Condo describes what he does as ‘”psychological cubism”.

Condo was good friends with two of the most significant artists of their time, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. The two artists played a major role in Condo’s life and his artwork. Several other artists such as Picasso, Hals, Goya and Rembrandt have influenced Condo’s artistic process, in a way that when he creates a piece he takes different styles and work he is fascinated by at the time and combines them into one piece to produce his own style and interpretations.

What Condo tries to do with his art is portray the human’s mental state by illustrating a character’s emotions and thoughts simultaneously, exposing them visually. Condo also often uses archetypal figures found in common society such as superman and the Playboy Bunny to question the fundamentals of our society and engage viewers in the conversation.

Condo’s other passion besides art is music, having studied Music Theory in university and being part of a band. Condo was able to combine his two loves when he collaborated with Kanye West and created his album cover and art work for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The art work sparked controversy but Condo is no stranger to receiving criticism for his pieces.

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References:
Cashdan, M. [Internet]. 2011. The Mental States of George Condo. The Huffingtonpost.com website. Available from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marina-cashdan/the-mental-states-of-geor_b... [Accessed 25 June 2014]
Holmes, B. [Internet] 2013. George Condo: The Condo Convo. The Visionary Artistry Mag.com website. Available from: http://visionaryartistrymag.com/2013/12/george-condo-the-condo-convo/ [Accessed 25 June 2014]
Jeffries, S. [Internet]. 2014. George Condo: ‘I was delirious. Nearly died’. The Guardian.com website. Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/feb/10/george-condo [Accessed 25 June 2014]
Skarstedt [Internet]. N.D. George Condo. The Skarstedt.com website. Available from: http://www.skarstedt.com/artists/george-condo/ [Accessed 25 June 2014]

Images:
Kenna, S. http://susikenna.tumblr.com/ [Accessed 24 June 2014]
Lee, S. For The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/feb/10/george-condo [Accessed 24 June 2014]