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Alexander Skunder Boghossian

New York Scroll #1

Property from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Quincy Troupe

Alexander Skunder Boghossian

Alexander Skunder Boghossian

New York Scroll #1

New York Scroll #1

Alexander Skunder Boghossian

Ethiopian 

1937-2003

New York Scroll #1


titled and dated 1983 (on the reverse)

oil on board

45.7 by 60.9cm., 18 by 24in.

framed: 51.4 by 66.7cm., 20¼ by 26¼in.

This work is in very good condition overall. There is evidence of wear and handling to the edges and corners with associated minor losses. Upon very close inspection, there is faint hairline craquelure to the orange paint in the center of the work. There is evidence of surface inconsistencies throughout, most likely attributed to the artiST chosen medium. The canvas is slack on its stretcher. Please note, the work is adhered to the frame. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. 


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Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in c.1986

In 1980, Skunder Boghossian developed a firm fascination with porous surfaces and once said to Thomas Porter, African-American jazz scholar, "I like porous surfaces, especially things that remain in sands…things that witness their time". Skunder used illuminated parchment scrolls made by Ethiopian debteras (a religious figure in the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Churches) as a principle inspiration for his painting, fascinated by their ethereal qualities.


Skunder indicates that the interlocking and weaving, indicative of Ethiopian illuminated manuscripts, is called kulflfu and the technique is portrayed in his work to create a rich and textured surface. Skunder’s interest in time-worn materials is evident in the background as the forms fade between shapes, symbols and script, providing an underlying rhythm to the work.


Here it is important to note Skunder’s intimate relationship with music and particularly jazz. “Jazz,” says his friend, poet and art critic Solomon Deressa “is so fully assimilated into Skunder’s myths of birth, change and dissolution that to this day I cannot look at Skunder’s painting without hearing Sonny Rollins or Coltrane or Miles Davis.” Indeed Skunder danced to the music as he painted.


Scrolls proved to be a life-long interest, even obsession, for Skunder. The free and dance-like qualities of Skunder’s work demonstrates his interest in objects constructed or uncovered by the unconscious mind whilst consistently standing as an icon of Africa’s modernism and political culture.