Joe Taveras, Utopia, 2021

Artist: Joe Taveras, b.1996
Title: Utopia
Date: 2021
Medium: Acrylic and oil paintstick on canvas
Signature: Signed, dated and titled verso
Description: "Every Sunday night I take myself out to dinner. For me this is a time where I can reflect on the previous week, plan the days ahead, and sketch new ideas if I feel compelled to do so. On this Sunday in mid-July, while I was dining and sketching away, the waiter took note of my energy and approached my table to ask me if I would like an espresso martini. Having never had this drink before I thought ‘sure why not!’ Before I knew it, the beautiful potion had me literally jumping off the walls in my apartment and I forced myself to go to the studio to transfer this feeling onto a canvas. I got to my studio at 9:30pm and, for the next 12 hours, I proceeded to engulf this massive canvas with the energy that was vigorously escaping my core. I’ll never forget waking up on the floor the next morning, covered in purple paint, with ‘Utopia’ towering over me."
Dimensions: 70 x 118 in.
Inventory Number: 405107
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