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Advent Calendar Day 15: Stik

You must have seen them around London. The huge mysterious Stik men lurking on the sides of buildings and billboards. Deceptively simple, with just six lines each and dots for eyes, they are packed with subtle form and emotions, showing an extraordinary ability to reflect human psychology and diversity. Having spent a number of years homeless, the artist Stik has an intimate relationship with the street. This is something that is very evident in his murals, and that he combines effortlessly with a fine art sensibility.

Stik prefers exhibiting in the streets rather than indoors. However Imitate Modern has been fortunate to work with the artist on a number of occasions and has launched the long awaited Walk by Stik exhibition in 2012. Since then Stik men have been on the rise and invaded murals all around the globe: USA, Japan, Jordan and Norway. Stik has also worked with a number of organizations like the Dulwich Picture Gallery, NHS, Reclaim the Streets and The Big Issue Foundation.

A year ago a Stik canvas raised £20,000 in an auction we held with Big Issue, and he has recently completed the “Big Mother”, tallest piece of street art in the UK to highlight affordable housing issues.

Stik is currently working on publishing his book, which we can’t wait to get our hands on! More details are available on his artist page.


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