When he was living in Philadelphia, Prince Twins Seven-Seven fell upon hard times. He was rescued when, by lucky chance, he met George Jevremovic, the owner of a vast emporium called Material Culture selling selected artefacts from all over the world. George bought everything Prince had for sale, gave him a job and by late 2004 had provided him with a studio space.
This interesting work has the title ‘The Snake Charmer Masquerade’ writer in gold pen along the base and next to it is the artist’s name and the date, which appears to be ’05 (see detail of picture, photo 3). 2005 was a good year for Prince: both creatively, as he produced a substantial body of new works in the haven of his new studio, and also for his international reputation which was boosted by UNESCO naming him an ‘Artist for Peace’ in May 2005.
The current owner, who is selling this artwork through Guruve, acquired Snake Charmer Masquerade via a Material Culture auction in 2014. This links us directly to the artist and the place where the art was created.
The fact that this work is on canvas which has been professionally stretched and framed also suggests strongly that this piece was created during Prince’s time living in America. Unfortunately, there is no further provenance and the artist’s story of the piece has been lost.
However, a copy of the wonderful book “Prince Twins Seven-Seven: His Art, His Life In Nigeria, His Exile In America” by Henry Glassie accompanies the picture to give the new owner greater insight into the artist and his life and work.
NB Dimensions given are for the framed picture; without the frame the measurements are 61cm x 45cm.
This picture is in the UK and will be shipped from there; P&P at Buyer’s expense.