Nov. 19 Paris Auction of 1986 Artrain Graffiti Train Artworks

Original Artrain Graffiti Artworks to be Auctioned

Monday, Nov. 19 2018
12:00 P.M. ET | 6:00 P.M. GMT+1

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75008 Paris – France
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Duster
Eyes of The Tiger, 1986
Based on preparatory drawings of Zephyr
24” x 39” | Spray Paint (Rust-oleum) on Steel

Original Commission from the actual Artrain Graffiti Train

An eyewitness account of the painting of
The Eyes of the Tiger by Duster
on the 1986 Artrain graffiti train

By Daniel O’Leary
Artrain, Executive Director, 1986-1989

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA – For the first two days we had all 13 artists working at the same time on four railroad cars. Four artists had one side of an entire car. These were Lee Quinones, Dondi White, Bill Blast and Suzan Pitt. Those four stayed on for the third and fourth days.

Three teams had two artists painting on the side of a car. These were Phaze 2 and Delta, Duster and Zephyr and Vulcan and Koor. One car side was painted by three artists: Futura, Kel and Mare.

One of the cars that went particularly well was painted by the team of Duster and Zephyr. After the two artists completed the left and right portions of the car. Zephyr asked Duster if he wanted to paint the tiger head that was to be the centerpiece. Duster responded by bringing off an amazing and remarkable image. Because a portion of tiger’s head happened to fall on a metal window cover we were able to salvage the piece before the entire train was repainted several years later. The train had toured through dozens of cities across much of the country.

I remember how lucky I felt to be able save an original piece [Eyes of the Tiger] of the only graffiti train that was commissioned to tour the United States.* 

*Eyes of the Tiger, conceptualized by Zephyr and painted on the Artrain Graffiti train by Duster, has been in the personal collection of Artrain trustee Jacque Passino since it was removed from the train. Mr. Passino has gifted it back to Artrain for this auction intending that the proceeds of the sale support the nonprofit organization.

Bill “Blast” Cordero
Art Train, 1986
30.25” x 9.5”
Ink, watercolor, airbrush on paper

Original Commission from Artrain Graffiti Train

Hover Box Element

Vulcan
Artrain Graffiti Train Submission, 1985
17.5 x 12.5
Ink on paper

Original Commission from Artrain Graffiti Train

Henry Chalfant (1A)

Dondi, Artrain Graffiti Train Car 1, Side A,
1986; 5 photographs mounted on foam core
Signed by the artist

Henry Chalfant (1B)


Lee,
Artrain Graffiti Train Car 1, Side B.
1986; 5 photographs mounted on foam core

Henry Chalfant (2A)

Suzan Pitts, America the Beautiful Car 2, Side A.
1986; 5 photographs mounted on foam core

 

Henry Chalfant (2B)

Blast, American Dreams Car 2, Side B.
1986; 5 photographs mounted on foam core

Henry Chalfant (3A)


Vulcan + Koor,
Artrain Graffiti Train, Car 3, Side A.
1986; 5 photographs mounted on foam core

 

Henry Chalfant (3B)

Duster + Zephyr “Eyes of the Tiger” Car 3, Side B.
1986; 5 photographs mounted on foam core

Henry Chalfant (4A)

Futura + Kel & Mar, Artrain Graffiti Train, Car 4, Side A.
1986; 4 photographs mounted on foam core

 

 

Henry Chalfant (4B)

Delta + PHASE 2. Car 4, Side B, Artrain Graffiti Train,  Car 4, Side B.
1986; 4 photographs mounted on foam core