NYC Benefit Auction 2018
Oil on ash
12 x 14 inches
in collaboration with Adriana Corral
Courtesy of the artist and the David Shelton Gallery
Till Then, 2018
artist edition shoes, printed on canvas
(The high bidder will select the shoe size)
Vincent Valdez’s monumental portrayals of contemporary figures, exhibit not only his dedication to painting and drawing but to the universal struggle of the human condition. His work will be included in the exhibition Suffering From Realness to open at MASS MoCA in spring 2019. In 2017 Valdez painted Till Then, inspired by the song of the same name recorded by the Mills Brothers in 1944. The song is a plea to a lover to wait for their return, and its melancholic lyrics captivated the artist:
Till then, when of the world will be free
Till then, no matter when it will be
Someday, I know I’ll be back again
Please wait, till then
Available for auction is a study for the larger painting, a detail of the turbulent waters that surround the ghost ship, alongside a special Valdez’s edition of artist-designed sneakers based on Till Then (2017).
About the artist
Vincent Valdez was born in San Antonio, TX, and attended the The Rhode Island School of Design on a full scholarship. Valdez is committed to the practice of drawing and painting and is recognized for his intensive devotion to skill and detail. His portrayal of the contemporary figure remarks on a universal struggle with various socio-political arenas and eras. He has shown his work at the Ford Foundation; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., among others. He lives and works in Houston, TX.