Jean Michel Basquiat In Memoriam
Thomas met Jean Michel in New York 1980 when he came to his art opening at Lucky Strike Art Gallery. All paintings by Dellert were then framed with ropes larger than canvas wood frames. After the exhibit Thomas left all frames on the street outside the art gallery on St Marks Place a street away from the home of Basquiat. He brought them home and this framing technique with larger wood frames than the actual canvas and the canvases being pulled with ropes became his trademark. Many years later Thomas was invited to the Basquiat Retrospective exhibition at the Serpentine Art Gallery in Hyde Park London and then saw his frames on the walls, now with Jean Michel’s art inside them.
Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960 – 1988 Since Basquiat's death at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose in 1988, his work has steadily increased in value.