Nigerian-British rapper, songwriter and producer Skepta has just added another title to his already fairly long list of “creative titles” becoming a visual artist. Skepta who describes himself as one of the greatest artists now creates visual artistry that is inspired by the African artworks that filled his home growing up.
“Mama Goes to Market” is an oil and spray paint on canvas artwork that Skepta created in 2020-2021 alongside Slawn, a graphic artist and producer DJ Goldie. Skepta’s debut artwork was unveiled at the Contemporary Curated auction at Sotheby’s Bond Street galleries – a British-founded American multinational corporation in London alongside other art pieces by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Frank Bowling and Theaster Gates.
This artwork’s estimated starting selling price was £40 000 – £60 000 which is R804 499 – R1 207 237 in our currency, but it was sold for £81 000 which is R1 627 469. “Mama Goes to Market” was on show from the 08th of September until the 13th of September 2022.
The present work was originally painted in 2020, by the British rapper, songwriter and record producer Skepta. He then took the painting to the graphic artist Chito’s collaboration with Givenchy, where people could bring any item to be transformed with Chito’s signature tag. Seen on the walls of Skepta’s painting alongside tags by the graphic artist Slawn and the producer and DJ Goldie, Mama goes to market becomes a focal point for artistic collaboration.– Sotheby’s