This exclusive work is one of the first paintings produced during the first lockdown in March 2020, a period in which there was a departure from Dreph's focus on portraiture, to one of figuration.The subject is Dreph’spartner Mel, who sat for him during a visit to his studio. Mel is perched on a drum stool in the early morning sun, and is wearing her favourite item of clothing, a vintage cardigan from Paris.
Medium: Oil paint on canvas.
Dimensions: 100 cm x 70 cm.
Estimate: £7,500 - £9,000.
About the artist:
Dreph is a visual artist working across a wide range of media. With a focus on painting the human figure, he is best known for his large-scale street murals and oil paintings. His work seeks to present an alternative narrative and document the contemporary black British experience. His subjects are everyday people, friends, family or those he meets whilst painting in the streets. With a focus on colour and an attention to detail, he invariably depicts his subjects as present, empowered and self-aware. He is inspired, as much by 80s British underground comics and New York subway art, as he is the old masters. After 3 decades of street based painting, Dreph’s work can be found in Asia, Africa, the UAE, Central, South and North America and throughout Europe.