ORIGINAL 8 ½ by 11 inch ARTIST PRINT: ROKEN
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- Condition This uncirculated print is in pristine condition, with no stains, bends, cuts or creases; issued by the artist in a numbered edition with an embedded NFC certificate of authenticity and date of print issued by the artist.
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Pristine uncirculated REX 8 ½ by11 inch print on 300gsm gloss archival stock with pigment-based inks from the artist's original negative: Entitled ROKEN (Dutch for "smoking"), the piece was created on Marnixstraat in Amsterdam in the autumn of 2013 and was completed on December 12th that year. The image was first published on page 273 of the bound volume PORTFOLIOS (REX PRESS) in 2023. It features the REX proclivity to portray smoke in his work, an extremely difficult undertaking other artists avoid due to the technical challenges it presents. The image reflects the artist's growing psychological interest in male symbology in his later work, as opposed to overt sex. This print was made from the artist's negative of the original black and white stippled ink drawing which measured 11 ½ by 9 inches. This uncirculated print is in pristine condition, with no stains, bends or creases; issued by the artist in a numbered edition exclusively through AdultStuffOnly with an embedded NFT certificate of authenticity and date of print by the artist.
ABOUT THE ARTIST :
REX is a living American artist who has been closely associated with homosexual fetish art since the late nineteen sixties in New York and San Francisco. Currently living in Europe, he avoids photographs and does not give interviews. His ground-breaking drawings and virtuoso ink technique influenced two generations of gay culture through a series of self-published underground portfolios and the many commercial graphics he created for famous gay bars, tattoo parlors and nightclubs. The latter includes the posters, calendars, and t-shirts he designed for the legendary New York sex club the MINESHAFT. Beginning in the late nineteen sixties, before STONEWALL, his Greenwich Village work predated and influenced his contemporaries - such as Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) - and appeared in thousands of gay publications from 1972 until the present. His often politically incorrect subject matter served as lighting-rods for censorship battles throughout his career, making him persona non grata to the art establishment which to this day refuses to discuss his work in print. As a consequence, he remains a shadowy figure in the art world.
On July 1, 1981, REX opened his own gallery REXWERK off Folsom in the formerly notorious South of Market district in San Francisco. Only ten days later it was destroyed in a massive fire at The Barracks bathhouse that was undergoing renovation across the street. The fire could not have come at a worse time, for that was the same month the first case of AIDS was diagnosed in the city of San Francisco. Nevertheless, REX’s work continued to appear regularly featured in wide variety of gay publications both in the US and Europe, such as Manifest, Drummer, Mach, Stroke, The Advocate, 18 Wheeler, Leather Journal, Cuir, Boner, Just Men, Torso, Inches, Instigator, Uncut, Straight To Hell and In Touch among many others.
A contemporary of the late Tom of Finland (1920-1991), REX's raw graphic ink work served as a dystopian contrast to TOM's idyllic non-threatening imagery rendered in the softer medium of lead pencil. Over his long career REX has known such colleagues as Etienne (1933-1999), The Hun (1938-2029), Al Shapiro ("A Jay" 1932-1987), Harry Bush (1925–1994), Neal Bate ("Blade" 1916-1988), Michael Kirwin (1953-2018) and the British artist Bill Ward (1927-1996). REX’s many commissions included posters for gay bars including The Lure and Rawhide in New York, The Powerhouse and Lone Star in San Francisco, and the DC Eagle in Washington as well as the infamous Saint parties, and PLEASURE CHEST and TASTE OF LEATHER sex emporiums. He has exhibited at Leslie-Lohman in New York, and had shows in Europe in Amsterdam, Berlin, Köln, and Antwerp.