The men in his paintings, with their old-fashioned hats and long coats, destroyed their own lives by destroying the others. The artist replaces the face by a swollen flesh without a detail. In the difficulty of defining an acceptable life, he did the same in his self-portraits.
Nickelodeon shows a group from the Nomenklatura in an atmosphere of anxiety. This painting 238 x 414 cm executed in 2008 was sold for £ 7.1 million including premium by Christie's on October 6, 2016.
The artist continues with the same style. On November 15 in New York, Christie's sells The Bridge, oil on canvas 230 x 200 cm painted in 2015, lot 19 A estimated $ 1.5M.
The old bridge over the river in an unidentified city is focused. The rest of the image including the traffic on the bridge is clouded by undulating lines. The silhouette of a lone man emerges : he is standing and watches the water. Why would he have stopped his activity except to think about his suicide ? He has no identity and his life had been useless.
SOLD for $ 3.95M including premium