Los Angeles Modern Auctions, 11 December 2011, lot 199 Los Angeles Modern Auctions, 21 February 2016, lot 37 Acquired by the present owner from the above sale
Legendary basketball star Patrick Ewing has been a fixture in the NBA since his infamous draft in 1985. Having retired from the NBA after a 17-year career, the 11-time All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist enjoyed both individual and team successes playing mostly for the New York Knicks. In the present work, contemporary LA-based artist Jonas Wood has transformed a Patrick Ewing basketball trading card into a magnificent drawing depicting Ewing posed in the midst of action. The work is a classic example of Wood's use of motifs drawn from pop culture and the inspiration he drew from abstract colorists from Modern masters such as Matisse.
This work is in very good condition overall. Deckle paper edges are inherent to artist's chosen medium. Presumably original from the artist's studio, pinholes are observed located on the top center edge and both corners of the work, visible only upon close examination and are unobtrusive to the work's composition. A light spot of accretion is observed, located 13.5 cm from the left and 15 cm up from the bottom edge of work. A hairline discolouration is observed, located 14.5 cm from the left and 7.5 cm up from the bottom edge. A faint crease is visible only under close examination and raking light, located 20 cm from the left and 12 cm up from the bottom edge of work. Framed under glass. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."