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Moody Portrait of William Burroughs

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89.     [BURROUGHS, WILLIAM S.]. FERRIS, Carolyn (artist). Untitled portrait based on a photograph of Burroughs, printed on photo archival stock, grey and black tones, signed by artist and Timothy Leary (latter in silver ink). 35.5 x 27.9 cm. Very fine.

     The print run was 50 copies, 30 of which were signed by Leary. The photograph on which this print is based was made by Allen Ginsberg (with his permission) and was published with an interview of Burroughs in the Paris Review, next to Burroughs’ contribution to Leary’s book, Chaos and Counter Culture (1994), and in Architectural Digest. Burroughs was very close to Leary. The image shows Burroughs around the time he was writing Naked Lunch. Burroughs wears a fedora and grey buttoned shirt with collar and two single decorative bands running vertically from the shoulder seam. He looks pensive and makes direct eye contact with the viewer. In the background is an abstract painting, inspired by Burroughs’ himself, who liked to create so-called shotgun paintings, which consisted of holes in wood surrounded by paint.

     Artist Carolyn Ferris is known as an abstract painter who now works in computer design as well as more traditional forms. Her first realistic painting was of her friend Timothy Leary with whom she worked on several projects, including his book Chaos and Cyberculture. In return, Leary sometimes worked on the backgrounds of her paintings, which he referred to as “interactive painting.”


Sold. Hammer: $400.00; Price Realized: $480.00

Auction 22 Abstracts

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