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"This character is taken from my most recent series of Stabby Women
‘wheat-pastes’ - an ongoing, international campaign for the past decade.
I’ve pasted this particular design in the streets of Paris as well as
my hometown, Sheffield. Over the years, the Stabby Women have invaded
the streets of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, São Paulo, Rio de
Janeiro, Melbourne, Berlin, Venice, Milan, Zurich, Barcelona, Munich,
Vienna and many more...
Since I started making the Stabby Women wheat-pastes back in 2008, I’ve
always made originals on wooden tiles as a souvenir of the street work.
The wheat-pastes by their nature are ephemeral, so it’s nice to have
some longer lasting examples for posterity. These 2 are made on
reclaimed wood, which I salvaged from a local skate park. Each one has a
different skin tone, but they are made using an identical process to
the ones you see in the street.
I probably spent 2 or 3 weeks in the studio making this series of work.
Since the last edition with 1xRun, I’ve gained more experience as a
print-maker. As well as making numerous prints for other artists and
designers, I’ve also taught screen print workshops at Sheffield
Institute of Arts and spent a year working as a print technician at the
Royal Collage of Art in London. Aside from the multiple layers, I’ve
chosen inks and paper stock, which I feel compliment the image and add a
higher level of production value compared to my previous work.
There are tons of artists releasing print editions these days, but I’d
say there are very few who are printing the artwork themselves, or
who have invested interest in the screen printing process. If you’re
looking for a signature piece made 100% by the artist, this print is for
you." - Kid Acne
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Read the full interview, watch behind the scenes footage and more with Kid Acne at News.1xRUN.com...
UK-based artist, illustrator, print-maker and emcee. His formative years
were spent writing graffiti, self-publishing fanzines and making
experimental hip-hop – invariably designing and printing the record
sleeves by hand. The combination of these interests informed the
development of his own unique aesthetic, first documented in the seminal
Scrawl tome (Booth-Clibborn Editions, 1999). A stalwart of the
international Street Art movement, Kid Acne has painted large-scale
murals across continents and exhibited extensively over the past two
decades. Rendered in a distinct illustrative style, his art explores a
variety of themes from colloquialisms and typography to mythology and
architecture. Most notable however, are his depictions of a
self-realised tribe of enigmatic female warriors known as Stabby Women.
Kid Acne’s work can be seen throughout the globe; from wheat-pastes in
Melbourne, to gallery shows in Los Angeles, murals in South Yorkshire
and animations online. And he still has acne.
Find more by Kid Acne at kidacne.com
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