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May 20, 2023
(Jeffrey John Spencer Keen, British, 1923-2012)
ZAP, 1958, with artist's stamp verso "Jeff Keen" within red circle, enamel on Masonite, 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm.); leafed frame, 25-3/4 x 25-3/4 in.
Note: "Zap directly evokes the graphic world of comic books with its onomatopoeic text, cartoon typography and bold use of vivid contrasting colours. The word 'Zap' weaves its way through Keen's creative universe, appearing in his poems, collages, and films. Later in his career, Keen would also perform and hang out at the iconic Zap Club on the Brighton seafront. The painting Zap itself appears in multiple films by Keen, including his quasi-surrealist work Mad Love (1972-78) and the frenetic Cartoon Theatre of Dr. Gaz (1976-79). It forms an intergral part of Keen's comic book aesthetic, his subversive use of popular culture, as well as his desire to combine sound, text and image in one creative practice." - Hales Gallery
Exhibited: Jeff Keen, Kate MacGarry Gallery, London, April 20 - May 19, 2013; Jeff Keen – Cartoon Theatre of Dr Gaz, Kate MacGarry Gallery, London, January 15 - February 27, 2016.
nails at sides through to strainer, some wear to enamel at edges, some loss to bottom corners, abrasions, two voids bottom middle with retouch
Hales Gallery, New York, NY, No. J_KEE0331 (label verso); Kristy Stubbs Gallery, Dallas, Texas, purchased in 2016 (accompanied by original receipt and artist information); Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow
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