Gotta love the flyer photo for this show taken on the Millennium Bridge. Sickboy has placed a heart in a cage in front of Tate Modern. The same gallery that recently staged an impressively large if ultimately sterile show – sponsored by the N*ss*n Qashqai four wheel drive (city) off roader of all things. Sickboy knows where the heart of graffiti lies – outside.
All this heralds Sickboy‘s first major London show ‘Stay Free’ which starts Thursday 3rd December (private view – check website for invitation details) and is open to everyone from Friday 4th December. More details from the PR sheet below. Sounds like its going to be a lot of fun.
This December the highly-anticipated Stay Free exhibition, his first major solo show, sees Sickboy transform a Victorian Grade II listed building in east London into a 3D creative playground, bringing in inspiration from the children’s story ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Packed with colour, humour and satire, the show is a culmination of the alternative reality Sickboy has created over the years, and promises to be the most spectacular street art show of 2008.
A long-serving artist with Pictures on Walls, Sickboy’s intricate, often humorous works have cemented his place in the upper echelons of the British street art movement. He will be releasing an entirely new body of works and themes for Stay Free which will be available as paintings, prints and installations.
This show sees Sickboy challenging convention once again by allowing one lucky guest to inherit his Stay Free Factory – an art installation worth £20K.
Spanning over 14ft, his Stay Free Factory installation – which will be bequeathed to one guest – features custom-designed windows, a veranda, and even a conveyor belt. 1,000 golden keys will be released during his Stay Free show from December 3, and the person whose key fits the lock will become the new owner of the Factory.
The installation has been created in the signature Sickboy colours of red and yellow. He says: “These colours are known to be the best combination to make people feel warm and fuzzy inside. McDonalds stole this idea off me…or maybe it was the other way around, I can’t remember.”
This McDonalds palette also informs his now iconic street logo known as ‘The Temple’ which he has spent most of his career painting on walls and wheelie bins worldwide. A leading artist to emerge from Bristol’s infamous graffiti scene – and one of the first to use a logo in place of a tag – Sickboy has built up one of the largest bodies of ‘outside’ art works in UK history, and his temples and the recent Save the Youth slogans have landed him global recognition.