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About the Artist: Self-taught American artist King Saladeen, best known for his “Money Bear” works, has earned a global following with his Pop grafitti aesthetic.
As a teenager, his interest in art was so apparent that his family allowed him to paint the walls of their home. The artist often credits his late friend, John “JP” Thompson, as the inspiration for “Money Bear”; Thompson supported the young Saladeen by buying him his first set of professional art supplies.
Article by: Artnet Gallery Network