(No place): Stik, 2014. First edition. Octavo. Unpaginated. Artist’s black book, a study for a privately commissioned painting, Protect. The volume contains 12 original black paint sketches of the London based graffiti artists iconic stick figures. The drawings were preparatory sketches for a painting titled Protect. Stik started painting unofficial, socially conscious murals in his hometown of Hackney, East London in 2001. His simple stick figures wordlessly tell the story of his community. Though simple, composed of just six lines each with dots for eyes, Stik’s stick people are subtly expressive, the figures being loosely based on the Japanese calligraphic characters known as kanji. He has since gained cult status and has been acclaimed, in media outlets as the “next Banksy”. This is a very good copy in black cloth with hand-painted title and date, some paint splashes to the cover. Graffiti artists black books seldom appear on the market and this is a great example giving insight into the artist’s process for the development of one painting.
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