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The streetwear brand Roark is rooted in surfing, skating, and snowboarding, and they have just launched a collect of products inspired by the renowned artist Basquiat.

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It launched on Monday, March 18th online and through select specialty retailers. The 17-piece collection pays homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat, an enigmatic composer of art, music, and advocacy, and includes key silhouettes, all reimagined with bold pops of color and Basquiat’s signature abstract works.

Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of the best known artists of his generation and is widely considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. His career in art spanned the late 1970s through the 1980s until his death in 1988, at the age of 27. Basquiat works are edgy and raw, and through a bold sense of color and composition, he maintains a fine balance between seemingly contradictory forces such as control and spontaneity, menace and wit, urban imagery and primitivism. Basquiat often incorporated words into his paintings and the conjunction of various media is an integral element of Basquiat's art. His paintings are typically covered with text and codes of all kinds: words, letters, numerals, pictograms, logos, map symbols, diagrams and more, and featured multi-panel paintings and individual canvases with exposed stretcher bars, the surface dense with writing, collage and imagery.

With this collection, Roark hopes to expose a new audience to the inspirational work of this iconic artist. 

See the full collection here.

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