Sickboy is a “neo-psychedelic-cosmic-abstract-expressionist” artist from Bristol, UK. . He is one of the first UK artists to use a logo in place of a tag – a red and yellow street logo known as ‘The Temple’. His work hit the big screen in Banksy’s Oscar-nominated film, Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Sickboy originally trained in Fine Art and, as well as painting graffiti on the street, he also paints on canvas and exhibits conventionally in art galleries. He has been painting street art since circa 1995. Among his biggest influences are Picasso, Hundertwasser and Gaudi, but also Spanish street artist La Mano: “At the time, graffiti was mainly seen as letter-based, but Le Mano just used a logo and repeated it… I’d never been a big fan of stencil work, which is where a lot of people think graffiti crosses over into more acceptable street art. La Mano stuck more closely to the graffiti aspect, which I try to adhere to now. I like the freehand, grab-a-tin-of-spray-paint approach”.
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