Cookie and Vittorio Plus Guests, 2017
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A unique painting by Scott Covert
160 x 220 cm
Oil Wax Pastel, Oil and Acrylic on Muslin
About The Artwork
For nearly forty years, Covert’s practice has largely evolved around his long-standing Monument and Lifetime Drawing series. These works on canvas and paper are composed of carefully rendered rubbings of gravestones in chalk, oil stick or charcoal, with the artist often undertaking cross-country, sometimes decades-long road trips to seek out specific subjects. In 1985, Covert made the first of these works, The Dead Supreme, as a homage to Florence Ballard (1943–76), a founding member of the Motown act The Supremes. He has since created thousands of rubbings, cumulatively forming an idiosyncratic pantheon of public figures, Old Hollywood stars, tycoons, politicians, mystics, musicians, artists, sirens, queer icons and underground performers. This work is typical of Covert’s large-scale canvas and trace journeys to multiple graves where he layers of names build towards gestural colourfields that knowingly engage with the history of 20th Century American abstraction alongside Pop Art sensibilities. Most distinctly, Covert’s works measure distance and duration, recording bicoastal trips from California to upstate New York, Mississippi and Michigan, as well as time in South America, Europe and Russia. This work includes the graves of his close friends Cookie Mueller and Victorio Scarpati, alongside many luminaries, including John Wayne, Sam Cooke, Buster Keaton, Fred Astaire, Nino Rota and George Balanchine.