Stik solo show at Graffik
October 6th-20th 2011
As one of London’s most established and celebrated street artists, Stik continues to bless our streets with his unique, hyper-minimalist stick characters. Deceptively simple in form these striking images hold a hidden depth of subtlety which reveals itself long after the initial impact. Using only six lines and dots for eyes Stik gracefully evokes a frailty which transcends the stark form of his iconic work. He draws from the tradition of the logo but imbues it with something imperceptible, striking straight to the centre of the brain with a hidden message that will keep you guessing. Untrained, he draws purely from life experience exploring gender, sexuality, social status and the darker side of city life but manages to elevate these themes through the elegance of their execution.
Stik is invited to paint across Europe and lectures about the importance of street art in social change. In a notorious move, he recently made sketches on the front line of the U.K. riots provoking mixed reactions from both press, rioters and the police when he reproduced the image as a mural in the aftermath. As unofficial social commentator Stik maintains he is not breaking the law but changing it.
Graffik Gallery curate Stik’s fourth and final solo show of 2011, a vibrant culmination of his creative processes. Unusually for Stik who is usually a solo artist, the elements that dominate the gallery are the result of muti-media collaborations in industrial neon, traditional stained glass and machined timber. These are counteracted by Stik’s own epic “Crowd” and “Family” canvases reflecting on recent unrest within the context of tribal unity.
Stik will be painting live at the opening.
The show runs from 6th-20th October at Graffik Gallery, 284 Portobello Road, W10 5TE.
Nearest tube Ladbroke Grove. (6th Oct private view)