Lot 155 - Heath Kane - Rich Enough To Be Batman - Queen 68
Acrylic and Screenprint on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Front and Verso
Heath Kane is an Australian artist, based in the UK. Heath is synonymous with creating bold, striking, often lurid art. He embeds subtle, subversive themes that encourage a political or social conversation.
Heath’s approach to art has always been driven by the practice of design thinking: combining his experience in commercial art with the origins of pop-art. Heath focuses on creating simple, iconic and memorable pieces that have a strong narrative.
Heath has collaborated with Wired Magazine and Saatchi Art, and has partnered with Penguin Books to create the last published covers of George Orwell’s most famous books. Heath exhibits his work in solo shows all around the globe, and his originals and prints frequently appear in leading galleries worldwide.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
Rich Enough to be Batman? This is the question that inspired Rich Enough to be Batman – the international best-selling collection. The print, depicting the Queen wearing a Batman mask provokes a pressing question about wealth and social contribution, through the idea that with enough money anyone can be a superhero.
The idea for the collection originated from The Sunday Times Rich List. Is it necessary to parade wealth around like a badge of honour? Or really, does it just amplify how little most of society have.
The conversation about wealth and social contribution is more relevant now than ever. We’re emerging from a global pandemic where the rich have got richer and poverty seems to be at an all-time high.
In a world where wealth has become concentrated into the hands of the ultra-elite, the question remains: how rich do you need to be before you become Batman?
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