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Pencil and blood on canvas
Great Britain, around 2010
Pete Doherty (b. 1979) – British rock musician and artist
Inscribed with lyrics in the image
Dimensions: 60.8 x 45.8 cm
Very good condition
Provenance: Private collection, Great Britain

Works of the blood series of the British rock musician and former Libertines frontman Pete Doherty were exhibited for the first time in London in 2012. He employs the ‘arterial splatter’ technique by squirting his own blood from a syringe on to the canvas or by cutting a finger to draw with it. The present painting presumably features a self-portrait and the one of another band member of The Libertines, complemented by lyrics in blood and in pencil. The center of the composition shows several cuts through the canvas – an effect that was intended by the artist as being part of the work.


The painting is in very good condition. The dimensions of the stretcher are 60.8 x 45.8 cm.

Pete Doherty (b. 1979)

As the son of a military official, Pete Doherty grew up in London, Belfast, Liverpool, Krefeld and Cyprus. At the age of 17 he was awarded the Prize for Poetry by the British Council. He studied English literature for one year at the Adinah Kroner College of the University of London. In the late 1990s, he founded the band The Libertines together with Carl Barât. His song ‘For Lovers’ was in the British Top 10 in 2004. In the same year Doherty was excluded from the band because of excessive drug consumption. The third single of his newly founded band Babyshambles reached number 3 of the British single chart shows shortly after. Doherty still works as a musician besides several stays in rehabs. He lives and works in Hamburg, Germany, since 2014. (tm)

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Pete Doherty (b. 1979), Self Portrait - Blood Painting

Estimate €7,200 - €9,000Mar 26, 2015