Kenny Scharf recently teamed up with Print Them All printing house for a fresh new limited edition titled Sloppy Melt. Known as a vital part of the East Village art scene during the 1980s alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, the 3x Juxtapoz cover artist is rarely releasing prints these days, which makes this edition even more special.
Fully focused on exhibiting at high end galleries and museums, as well as keeping busy with his quirky side projects such as Karbombz, Sloppy Melt is Scharf’s first release since Vertical Blockheads was released with Hamilton Press Gallery back in 2016, ahead of his Honor Fraser show last year. Both based on his signature colorful, cartoon-inspired imagery, the two prints are using almost polar opposite aesthetics, proving the LA-artist’s energetic and experimental nature. The image is part of his newer Sloppy Style series which is stepping away from his usual clean style. Aside from trying out something new, the style is also an effort to address global warming and other environmental issues, something that’s been an ongoing theme in Scharf’s work. Produced at the historic Idem Studio in Paris in edition of only 99 pieces, this 8 color-lithograph measuring 35″ x 25″ in is finished with “Angel Dust” glitter, applied by hand. —Sasha Bogojev