Wolf Sausage – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Artist: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Title: Wolf Sausage
Year: 1982-83/2019
Medium: Screen Print in Colors
Size: 22” x 30”
Edition of 50
Additional Information: Signed


A prominent artist in 1980s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat made a name for himself with his graffiti-style art—most notably with his trademark skulls and masks designs. The young artist drew inspiration from various sources which were close to him, including his Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage, contemporary political issues, religion, and pop cultural trends.

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Wolf Sausage is an abstract art created in 1982-83/2019. It measures 22” x 30”, and it is created from acrylic, charcoal, pencil, pastel, and crayon. It is located in Daros Collection, Zurich Switzerland. It is a representation of his cultural heritage, which is characterized by diversity. The painting demonstrates abstracted forms of art, such as an image of what looks like a wolf in a blue art, some word phrases spread throughout the canvas, and smudges of paint, as if to erase or conceal the embedded drawings and words. It is unclear what the message of the art is, but what is evident, from a description of his previous work, is the fact that they represent him as a torn and fragmented individual. This is owing to the fact that he grew up in a diverse environment, where he faced discrimination. His early life is inconclusive, and for this reason, he reflects what he believes to characterize his life in a graffiti form.
What makes this art a good investment is its uniqueness. Unlike many artworks, which traditionally take a conventional strategy for creating artwork, Basquiat chose to reflect his inner self, basing on what he experienced in the past. Though the message is unclear, his disrupted life is evident, basing on the chaotic representation of the artwork. What will make one purchase this art is the fact that it triggers the viewers to think about what the artist meant by creating all these abstract images. Therefore, it makes it a worthwhile investment basing on its uniqueness.