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Stik Graffiti artist, street artist

Graffiti artist, street artist
Stik
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Intro Graffiti artist, street artist
Is Painter
From United Kingdom
Type Arts
Gender male
Birth United Kingdom
Stik
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Biography

Stik is a British graffiti artist based in London. He is known for painting large stick figures.

Overview

Stik paints stick figure-like people as street art. He has worked in the northeast London area of Hackney, especially in Shoreditch. He liaises at the Central Saint Martins Graffiti Dialogues and has been funded to run graffiti workshops. 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. In 2012, he worked in Dulwich, southeast London, as featured by Dulwich Picture Gallery, where he recreated Old Master paintings in his own style. He collaborated with Ingrid Beazley of Dulwich Picture Gallery to recreate traditional pictures on the streets of Dulwich. 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

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." 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." In March 2013 the BBC reported on a project where Stik gave away poster copies of his art via 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." 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."

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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