Keon by Lan Payne

BOMB 9 Spring 1984
009 Spring Summer 1984
Bomb 9 Payne 001 Body

Lan Payne, Keon, 1984, oil on canvas, 60 × 36 inches, New York.

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009 Spring Summer 1984