SICKBOY

United Kingdom

Uplift
Word To Mother, Sickboy and Ben Eine
Main Gallery
August 13th – September 3rd 2016

For the month of August we are excited to present three artists from the United Kingdom: Word To Mother (WTM), Sickboy and Ben Eine. “Uplift” features three artistic friends with roots in graffiti that grew into fine art careers. It’s not easy to translate vandalism and rebellion into the “traditional” art world. All three artists spent years refining their craft and garnering a following by relentlessly “exhibiting” in the streets of the UK. It is safe to assume this is a high risk, low reward approach but all three artists have worked diligently to push themselves and each other to greater heights. This exhibit features work that represents their evolutions very well – WTM expertly intertwines his drawings and text elements amid layers of vivid colors, Sickboy brings us into his surreal world including appearances by his infamous “Temple” and Ben Eine translates his work on outdoor walls to a gallery setting with an installation of concrete primed canvases painted with his unmistakable bold lettering.

Sickboy is a leading artist to emerge from Bristol’s infamous graffiti scene, Sickboy’s humorous works have cemented his place in the upper echelons of the British street art movement.

He is one of the first UK artists to use a logo in place of a tag, and his red and yellow street logo known as ‘The Temple’ and his Save the Youth slogan can be seen on walls and wheelie bins worldwide.

Sickboy has built up one of the largest bodies of street art works in UK history, which has led to him being tipped by the leading financial press as one of the movement’s most bankable artists. His major London solo show in 2008 and audacious stunts – including the caged heart installation dropped outside the Tate Modern last year – have landed him global recognition.

Sickboy’s work has featured in countless worldwide Graffiti books and documentary films including Banksy’s oscar-nominated exit through the gift shop, and in global and national TV, newspapers and magazines including BBC London news, the Financial Times, The Independent, I-D and many more.

AVAILABLE ARTWORK

CRACK STEPPING (DIPTYCH)
Media: 5 Color screen print on Fabriano smooth. Printed using using oil-based archival inks.
Edition: 35 - Signed & Numbered
Size: Print #1 - 17 x 27.5 Inches / 50 x 70 cm
Print #2 - 27.5 x 39 Inches / 100 x 70 cm
Year: 2016
Price: $400
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From the Artist:
“Stepping on cracks. An innocent action subject to ancient superstition, a fermentation of fear, a stirrer of societal anxiety – along with spilt salt, ladders, umbrellas, hearses and the rest. But in this concrete jungle of a world in which we live – streets smothered in asphalt, asbestos served up for breakfast, cement mixers striking mindless, monotonous chords in our hearts – why should passing unavoidably along a pavement, of all things, be yet another harbinger of bad luck?

I took to my studio for six weeks to investigate this injustice, to paint a picture of what crack stepping means to the man on the street. It’s the story of a simple human dancing with destiny, ambushed by ambiguity, and what happens at that precise moment he steps over the crack where his ill luck lies waiting. Superstitions, omens, prophecies, pavements: this is where my brain has been lurking, and the mind-matter that brought this creation to life.”

SUPERNATURAL THINGS
Media: Hand painted acrylic and screen print on wood
Edition: 1/2
Size: 31.5 x 23.5 Inches
Year: 2015
Price: $2200
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CLAREMOUNT 56
Media: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 31.5 x 31.5 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $3000
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DISASTER
Media: Hand painted acrylic and screen print on wood
Edition: 3 – Artist Proof
Size: 16.5 x 22 Inches
Year: 2015
Price: $1500
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FIRST BREATH
Media: Hand painted acrylic on found metal
Size: 11.5 x 15.5 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $1500
Availability: SOLD

LAST BREATH
Media: Hand painted acrylic on found metal
Size: 11.5 x 15.5 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $1500
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SUPPORTED
Media: Acrylic on found metal
Size: 16.5 x 22 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $1500
Availability: Inquire