This past summer we framed a group of works from legendary graffiti artist QUIK and this past week we got to work with another piece of art from one of NYC’s original taggers, Lady Pink. We framed the signed print, “Five Toes” depicting a foot as urban apartment building set within a nighttime cityscape. The artwork was framed using a floating process with the art attached to its archival backing with mulberry paper hinges and rice paste. We then constructed a black shadowbox frame with spacers and museum glass.
Stascia in the studio with Lady Pink's "Five Toes" in its new frame
Lady Pink is Sandra Fabara, originally from Ecuador, but raised in Astoria, Queens. She began her graffiti career in 1979 following the loss of a boyfriend who had been sent to live in Puerto Rico after he had been arrested. She began tagging his name across New York City as a way of coping with the loss. Fabara was introduced to graffiti while a student at the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan. Lady Pink began running with TC5 (The Cool 5) and TPA (The Public Animals) graffiti crews and became one of the only break-out female graffiti artists of the period. She painted subway trains from 1979 to 1985. In 1980, she was included in the landmark New York show “GAS: Graffiti Art Success” at Fashion Moda, which was produced modified version at The New Museum and in 1983 she starred in the film "Wild Style". Examples of her work are in included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City.
Detail showing the shadowbox structure and close-up of the artist's signature
Lady Pink remains active in her local NYC community. She is married to another graffiti artist, SMITH (Roger Smith formally of the graffiti duo Sane Smith), with whom she often collaborates on murals and commercial work. She also actively mentors students, visiting schools and teaching about the power of art and how it can serve as a medium for self-expression and community engagement. It’s an honor to work with her art here at Frames and Stretchers!
A young Lady Pink in a still from the film "Wild Style"
Frames and Stretchers has just finished a project for the legendary street artist Lin Felton a.k.a QUIK. Two of the pieces were works on paper and framed using the mulberry paper and rice paste hinging process. These works were “floated” on museum board, and then framed with simple clean mouldings and archival glazing. The smaller of the two is a great example of Felton’s imagery painted over a subway map with his usual cultural critique exemplified in details like the “I Love New York” graphic having a skull and crossbones where the heart should be. The larger is also a classic example of the artist’s style with the Felix the Cat cartoon character superimposed over a smiling lingerie model. The remainder of this project involved stretching a third work on canvas, then passing the art along to the Art Delivery Van team who transported it to its destination.
A "Felix the Cat" painting by Lin Felton/QUIK in the studio
Felton was born in in Queens in 1958 and rose to prominence as a graffiti artist during the artistically fertile 1980s. He emerged from the train painting culture and became one of a number of NYC street artists whose work was shown in galleries and museums. Graffiti artists of the period “bombed” subway cars with billboard scale colorful tags and murals in an attempt to outdo each other and achieve citywide notoriety. Spray painted words and simple cartoon style figures created instant impact and bore a resemblance to pop art style and themes. Andy Warhol, and other artists like Martha Cooper were instrumental in popularizing street art on a higher level. QUIK’s oeuvre includes graffiti writing as well as distinct images including: cartoon characters, stereotypically glamorous female figures and black figures. The faces he renders are highly expressive and his works display a blend of cultural critique and inner emotion.
Felton's painting on a NYC subway map
Felton attended both Pratt and Parsons School of Design. In 1982 he was spotted by Yaki Kornblit, a renowned art dealer in Amsterdam and he began to gain serious recognition internationally. His work was acquired by museums including the Groninger Museum and private collectors like Henk Pijnenburg. Felton has spent extensive time in Europe, perceiving the culture as more racially tolerant, but his style and spirit remain true NYC. It was an amazing opportunity to work with him and his art!
The artist Lin Felton/QUIK (image courtesy of WideWalls)