In praise of Stik's street art
17 April 2012
STIK is probably the most recognisable east London street artist after Banksy. His work is highly accessible and always raises a smile. There can't be many people who have turned their lives around so dramatically purely by doing something they genuinely love. Even though his paintings sell really well now, I honestly believe he didn't set out with financial gain in mind, and that purity is the beauty of street art to me. I saw him doing a piece once in the middle of winter on a dark rainy night, paid for out of his own pocket when he lived in a hostel. How many celebrities are that dedicated to their art?
IT'S sad how the street an landscape in Shoreditch, where several of Stik's works can be found, has now become so corporate and clinical with the likes of Eine's "Pro/Anti" in Ebor Street and the signwriting visuals above a massage parlour on Great Eastern Street. This is art as advertising rather than for its own sake. Street artists need to seek new territories - Whitechapel and the area around the Olympic site are fertile ground.
Tracey Moberly, FoundryTV