Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is known to be an avid art collector, and is regularly seen attending major art fairs throughout the US (see From Hollywood to the Art World, the New Celebrity Collectors). However, according to the Creators Project, rather than gracing the booths at New York’s fairs last week, DiCaprio has spotted his latest acquisition on Instagram and called the gallery to secure the piece.
The Copenhagen-based Gallery Poulsen posted an installation shot of their booth at New York’s PULSE art fair. A sci-fi inspired work, Nachlass (2015), by the Brooklyn artist Jean-Pierre Roy evidently caught the actor’s eye. A gallery employee reportedly confirmed the sale: “Leonardo spotted it on Instagram and bought it over the phone.”
The representative told the Creators Project that the piece was “a speculative work set in a beautiful landscape.”
According to the artist, his work is “often associated with science fiction and the post-apocalyptic.” Expounding on his practice, he added, “Previous work often focused on sublime optical phenomena and massive cataclysmic events as they present situations where the viewer is placed into a moment, where the natural world has reorganized itself into a beautiful, terrifying, and unfamiliar system of forces.”
DiCaprio’s growing collection is said to include artworks ranging from Oscar Murillo to Salvador Dalí.