Robert Loughlin - Works from the Collection of Paul Johnson




The first-ever auction dedicated to the artist Robert Loughlin. This special sale features more than 60 works acquired by Paul Johnson over the course of twelve years.


Over the course of his lifetime, cult artist Robert Loughlin created a rich body of work. Self-trained, Loughlin moved to New York in the 1980s and became immersed in the art, design and gay subculture. His art exhibits the divergent influences of Dada, graffiti and Pop.

Most famously, Loughlin obsessively painted a repeated image of iconic masculinity: a square-jawed man with dangling cigarette. Rendered over decades on an incredible array of objects, existing art works and surfaces, the face expresses a range of expressions from cool detachment to brooding menace.

Shunning established galleries, Loughlin sold his work exclusively to acquaintances and friends, largely from the 26th Street flea market that he frequented for decades until his untimely death in 2011.


Auction / Chicago
25 July 2018
12 pm central

Preview / Chicago
19 – 25 July 2018
10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday