Skepta to public sale off debut portray in co-curated Sotheby’s sale | Music

Skepta is ready to promote his debut portray as a part of an public sale he’s co-curated for Sotheby’s’ Up to date Curated collection. The portray, titled Mama Goes to Market, will likely be exhibited at Sotheby’s’ New Bond Road galleries later this week, earlier than being auctioned off as a part of loads that includes items by Omar Ba, Theaster Gates and Ouattara Watts, amongst others.

9 of the works being offered as a part of this 12 months’s Up to date Curated lot had been handpicked by Skepta; the London rapper selected each bit as a result of “all of them had an African feeling about them”. “Whether or not they had been created by African artists or not, all of them share on this essence,” he stated in an announcement. “In a technique or one other, they triggered highly effective dialogues with my portray too.” Notable items chosen by Skepta embody Simon Helps, a 1986 portray by Sir Frank Bowling, and Addicktion, a portrait by British-Ghanaian painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Skepta to public sale off debut portray in co-curated Sotheby’s sale | Music
Skepta’s debut portray, Mama Goes to Market, 2021. {Photograph}: Sotheby’s

Skepta produced Mama Goes to Market in 2020, throughout the first lockdown. He describes the piece, which was impressed by childhood reminiscences of Nigeria, as having come “from an actual frustration”, in addition to concern that his daughter would by no means be capable of go to an African market. “I assumed, ‘She’s going to at all times have to purchase every little thing on-line, she’s by no means going to expertise this,’” he stated, “so I attempted to painting it in paint.” The portray’s pre-sale estimate is £40,000 to £60,000, though there isn’t any assure that it’ll promote at that worth.

Skepta’s final album was 2020’s Insomnia, a collaboration with Chip and Younger Adz. The 12 months prior, he launched Ignorance Is Bliss, which debuted at No 2 on the UK albums chart and has been licensed Gold. In 2017, Skepta gained the Ivor Novello for Songwriter of the 12 months, a 12 months after he gained the Mercury prize for his album Konnichiwa.

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