Artist Scott Marsh: ‘Kanye, Buy My Print, I’ll Have The Mural Painted Over’
Remember about this giant mural of Kanye West kissing Kanye West, painted by Australian artist Scott Marsh? The provocative work stands in a far away country, in the quiet Teggs Lane of Chippendale in Sydney’s inner west, but Hollywood has been alerted by its scandalous nature, which, by the way, was inspired by a Twitter meme after a photo of Kanye kissing Kim on the red carpet was photoshopped to better represent Kanye’s narcissistic very much publicized side.
Now ABC Sidney is reporting that the artist has been offered a subsequent sum to paint over the wall, by someone claiming to be from the singer’s management. March has decided to play the game and he is asking ‘for a six-figure payment and a lifetime supply of West’s signature Yeezy Boost sneakers’… but he has even a more complicated proposition:
‘I’m offering an oversized print which has been painted over for $US100,000,” Marsh told 702 ABC Sydney. ‘It’s an open invitation to Kanye. If he buys that print then I’ll paint over the mural.’
Marsh is giving West just under 2 weeks to buy the print from online art store 1xRun, and it’s not a joke, you can check out the $100,000 print here… And there’s only one available!
And what if Kanye buys the print? Will he be done with the shameful thing? Not at all, according to what Marsh writes on the art store website:
‘This mural is my painted interpretation of a meme of Kanye West kissing Kanye West, it’s located in Chippendale in Sydney, Australia. Chippendale is Sydney’s creative precinct. I am currently in the process of painting a 1 off studio version of this piece on canvas which will be for sale in the near future.’
This guy sure knows how to milk a cow, but since it is at the expense of people who are expert at doing the exact same thing, it is difficult to blame him.
‘This work has become a glowing example of the power of social media, the Internet and modern cult of celebrity. Images of this mural have gone globally viral, it received over 2 million hits on its Reddit post, has been featured by media outlets such as Elle, Cosmopolitan, Huffpost, Vice, Buzzfeed, Perez Hilton and E! News to name a few. I have been told it is the first viral meme based artwork in art and meme history, whatever that means haha…’ wrote Scott Marsh. He can laugh his heart out indeed, it is certainly a grand success. Whatever happens, Marsh went from unknown graffiti artist to the-guy-who-wants-Kanye-West-at-his-feet in a few weeks. What an accomplishment!