After a hugely successful show in London earlier this week we thought it was time to take a closer look at graffiti artist Sickboy and his amazing body of work.
The Heaven & Earth show took place between 4-6 November in a warehouse in London. It was inspired by semiotics and symbolism, Renaissance paintings and the surreal landscape workings of artists like Hieronymus Bosch, with meticulously-detailed paintings containing deeply personal narratives alongside Sickboy’s surrealist depictions of the world.
It featured an entirely new body of work, four major installations including a walk-in confessional booth and an installation where he collaborated with other artists including D*Face, Eine, Anthony Lister, Paul Insect, Vhils, Conor Harrington, Xenz, Word to Mother, Will Barras, Eelus, Mudwig and Hush.
One of the leading artist who emerged 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. His major London solo show in 2008 and audacious stunts - including the caged heart installation dropped outside the Tate Modern - have landed him global recognition.