Spray time: Artist, Stik.
The world’s oldest fine art auctioneer Christie’s London opened its doors at their global headquarters at 8 King Street, to present a collection of Prints and Multiples on September 20. Providing the perfect backdrop for the sales of the world’s finest collections; the results were a success for street artist Stik’s mysterious figures, which can be spotted on the sides of buildings and billboards in Hackney and around London. The auction included five of his coveted works including “Up on the roof.” – which sold for an impressive £150,000. All proceeds for this piece went towards Cardboard Citizens, a life-changing theatre with and for homeless people for the past 25 years.
Though simple, Stik’s style is composed of bold lines and his stick people are all subtly expressive. Wordlessly telling the story of his community, he frequently collaborates with hospitals, charities and homeless organisations on mostly self-funded projects. After spending several years homeless, his consistent donations to mainly homeless charities is highly commendable. And while Stik is a self-taught artist, he still reaches somewhat superhuman locations to paint. Despite Stik’s unofficial origins, organisations such as The British Council have commissioned permanent murals by him in London and has worked all around the world.
CHRISTIE’S LONDON X Stik AUCTION RESULTS
Amongst Stik, artists such as Salvador Dali and Roy Lichtenstein all featured in Christie’s Prints and Multiples auction. In addition to Up on the roof‘s impressive result, Stik’s entire collection of auction pieces exceeded their estimated prices – some up to four times in value. All 160 pieces sold came to a total of £3,861,000. To view the full list of auction results, click here.
Note: *The following prices in BRITISH POUNDS include the buyer’s premium and are rounded to the nearest British pound.
STIK (B. 1979) Up on the Roof. (2360 x 675 x 10 mm. (overall)
“Up on the roof.”
ESTIMATE: £15,000 – £25,000
PRICE REALISED: £150,000
STIK (B. 1979) Untitled. (398 x 300 x 3 mm. (overall)
ESTIMATE: £6,000 – £8,000
PRICE REALISED – £25,000
STIK (B. 1979) Dancer. (460 x 212 mm., Sheet 500 x 240 mm.
ESTIMATE: £3,000 – £5,000
PRICE REALISED: £17,500
STIK (B. 1979) Angola 3. (405 x 405 x 40 mm. (overall)
ESTIMATE: £7,000 – £10,000
PRICE REALISED: £52,500
STIK (B. 1979) Untitled. (68 x 29 x 4 mm. (overall)
ESTIMATE: £1,500 – £2,500
PRICE REALISED: £3,500
Imitate Modern exclusively brings you…
Imitate Modern exclusively brings you three of Stik’s prints for a limited time. (From left to right.) Stik’s “Dancer” giclee print is from a limited edition of 250 pieces. The prints in this edition were produced for the 2011 Q Awards nominees, including Adele, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. Secondly, “Heavy” is made from iron and oak, the sculpture is made in Stik’s signature style with its deceptively simple iconic figure, consisting of just six lines and dots for the eyes. Unlike his usual murals, the Stik figure is raised on a tall wooden plinth, making it a unique and unusual work of art by the artist. Finally, the “Standing Figure” is an giclee print (Edition of 5) and was an exclusive collaboration from Stik and the ‘Big Issue’ magazine in 2013. His collaboration with The Big Issue is a true testament to his commitment to giving back to a community that supported him through those difficult times.
By Stephany Malcolm