Stik

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Stik
STIK graffiti.jpg
Stik's graffiti on a shopfront shutter in Shoreditch, London.
Born United Kingdom
Known for Graffiti art
Street art
Website
www.stik.org.uk

Stik is a British graffiti artist based in London.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

Stik paints stick figure-like people as street art.[3] He has worked in the northeast London area of Hackney, especially in Shoreditch.[2] He liaises at the Central Saint Martins Graffiti Dialogues and has been funded to run graffiti workshops.[4] He works with organizations including Amnesty International, British Waterways, the Mutoid Waste Company, Queeruption, and Reclaim the Streets. He paints unauthorised art as well as pieces that are authorised.

In 2011, Stik had a solo show at Imitate Modern Gallery in the London's West End.[5] In 2012, he worked in Dulwich,[6] southeast London, as featured by Dulwich Picture Gallery,[7] where he recreated Old Master paintings in his own style.[8] He collaborated with Ingrid Beazley of Dulwich Picture Gallery to recreate traditional pictures on the streets of Dulwich.[9] This led to further street artists including Conor Harrington, MadC, Mear One, Thierry Noir, Nunca, Phlegm, Reka One, Remi Rough and System, and ROA, becoming involved to form the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery of street art around the Dulwich area in 2013.

Media reception[edit]

In April 2012, the London Evening Standard wrote: "Fiercely private about his identity — like fellow graffiti artist Banksy — he was living in a St Mungo’s hostel for the homeless last year as he prepared for his first gallery show."[10] In February 2013 The Independent newspaper featured a collaboration between Stik and Berlin Wall artist Thierry Noir. The Independent wrote: "The British artist has painted all his life, but first started doing his large pieces in London’s streets a decade ago. Since then he has developed his style and now paints murals all over the world in Europe, Asia and America. He particularly likes the relaxed approach to street art in Berlin, and admires Noir’s work."[11] In March 2013 the BBC reported on a project where Stik gave away poster copies of his art via the The Big Issue. The BBC also mentioned Stik's growing reputation: "In the last two years, Stik's fame has grown with celebrity endorsements and rising auction prices. Christie's recently sold one of his paintings for more than £6,000."[12] In May 2013 the Daily Mail suggested he could be the next Banksy; it was stated Stik's art hangs in the homes of various celebrities "...including Elton John, Bono, Brian May, Sir Phillip Green and Tinie Tempah."[13] In 2013 STIK broke all previous recorded sales with two sales in aid of the big issue at Imitate Modern Gallery; 'Look' sold for £20,000 and 'Raindrops' (an archival work) sold for £18,000.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stik". Stik.org.uk accessdate=June 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "London Street Art Guide: 1. Stik". Londonist.com. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Street Artist: Stik". Streetartlondon.co.uk. 6 January 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Single Stik". Subwaygallery.com. 3–26 March 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Single Stik". Subwaygallery.com. 3–26 March 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Walking with Stik". Dulwich OnView. 12 June 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Classical art meets street art as Stik takes to the streets of Dulwich". Press Site. Dulwich Picture Gallery. 9 May 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ Bartholomew, Emma (22 May 2012). "Street artist Stik takes on Old Masters like Rubens, Gainsborough and Francheschini". London 24. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Outdoor Street Gallery of Dulwich". Inspiring City. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Cult graffiti artist Stik swaps a life on the streets for starry client list". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "In pictures: Street art collaboration between Stik and Thierry Noir in London's Shoreditch". The Independent. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "BBC News - Street artist to make Big Issue sellers 'art dealers'". BBC News. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Is Stik the new Banksy? Antiques dealer pays £50,000 for piece of graffiti sprayed on garage door of community centre following London riots - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

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