Collector’s Edition: Bobby Hundreds

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In this new series, “Collector’s Edition,” we ask people about their personal art collections—from the first piece of art they ever bought to what they want to acquire next. Last time we spoke to J-P Brask, and this time we reached out to Bobby Hundreds, co-owner and chief creative officer of The Hundreds.

Continue reading to learn about what Bobby collects.

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What was the first piece of art you bought or acquired?

Hmm, first piece of “real” art? Maybe this Tiffany Bozic painting on a wood square. It’s a hummingbird. She had a show at the now-defunct BLK/MRKT gallery in Culver City and tiled the wall with these birds. Sold ’em each for $100, which for me at the time, was about all I could afford. So I guess the market value isn’t staggering, but the emotional price tag is immeasurable.

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What art do you have in your personal collection now?

Oh, not much. A lot of prints by friends whose art I admire. I have a James Jean painting that I love. Robbie Conal. A Richard J. Oliver that I bought at Known Gallery this year. There are also all the original paintings and sculptures that Ben and I own from collaborating with artists for The Hundreds. The collection consists of original Ron English, Usugrow, Ben Tour, Lance Montoya, Don Pendleton, and even comics drawn for us by Jim Davis.

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What is your favorite piece in your collection?

I guess it’s not what you’d perceive as traditional art, but it is to me. It’s my 1981 DeLorean DMC-12. I’m not a car guy, but the DeLorean is the most beautiful object in the world to me. The stainless steel, the angles, but most importantly, the story behind the car and the creator John DeLorean. It’s one of my daily drivers and every time I get in it, I treat it like a priceless canvas. When I was a kid, I told myself that if I was successful enough one day, I’d have one of those things. For my 30th birthday, the DeLorean Motor Company sourced my car for me. An enthusiast bought the DeLorean in 1981 and kept it in a New Jersey museum for three decades. Then they handed it over to me with less than 1,000 miles. According to company owners, it’s the “best DeLorean in the world.”

What art would you like to add to your collection?

Oh wow. I’d really like to have a Robert Longo. While we’re fantasizing, a Koons, a Murakami. Kara Walker, Nara. I think my favorite artist of all time is either Jackson Pollock or Margaret Kilgallen. And of course, my go-tos, Futura 2000, Kaws, Twist…

Do you collect anything besides art?

Speeding tickets? I don’t really collect anything. Maybe books. I’ll probably start moving into more taxidermy. I try to collect time. I’m always trying to figure out how to have more of it, but I lose it faster everyday.

What did you collect as a child?

Anything Garfield. Garbage Pail Kids. Baseball cards. Anger.

 

Title design by Taylor McKimens; Portrait of Bobby by Joshy D / Rebel 8

 

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