An eight-year-old has just won a $150,000 painting by Jamian Juliano-Villani in an Easter egg hunt

An eight-year-old boy won a large painting worth $125,000 by cult artist Jamian Juliano-Villani in an Easter egg hunt last weekend.

With approximately 300 eggs containing small prizes such as unpopped corn and fun facts, it took one winner seven hours to find the top prize egg.

Juliano-Villani had nested her in an area infested with chiggers. “We hid him where all those fucking aggressive bugs were because we thought no one was going there, but the eight-year-old went,” she told Artnet. News.

The Hunt kicked off the artist’s new exhibition at The Ranch in Montauk, New York.

The prize painting, titled Running of the bulls, depicts crowds waiting to board the Hampton Jitney, a bus that takes people from New York to the Hamptons. “It really looks like people are going to hell,” Juliano-Villani said. The winner received one of two versions of the work, which were featured in the exhibition.

The idea for the Easter egg hunt was inspired in part by Andy Warhol’s famous time capsules, which he buried at his Montauk estate. It was also a tribute to Mike Kelley, whose work is featured in the show and inspired Juliano-Villani. “The whole show is about duality, repetition and rebirth, and the egg is a great symbol of that,” she said.

Although it comes from a seemingly playful reference, the hunt was also meant to spark serious thought about the history of the Ranch, which is located on one of America’s oldest ranches and was built over a Native American cemetery. . “I figured if we had an Easter egg hunt, people would desecrate graves looking for a deal,” Juliano-Villani said. “Is it worth winning a Hampton Jitney painting?”

She estimates around 200 people participated, some of whom drove for several hours for the chance to win the artwork. Juliano-Villani has sold high prices for his work at auction in recent years.

“It was quite meaningful,” she added. “This photo could change someone’s life if they find it.”

The eight-year-old who found the job lives on a nearby farm. He plans to sell it immediately and will spend some of the money on his participation in space camp.

“Jamian Juliano-Villani and Mike Kelley” runs until October 11, 2022.

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