“I try to add an element of humor or irony to some paintings to add a little light relief to the walls. Painting is a form of escapism for me and if my work allows the spectator to do the same thing, then I’ve achieved more than I set out to do.”
Nick Walker is a living legend of street art and a man who revolutionized the canons of the stencil graffiti movement in the 1990s. He has been transcending the barriers between street, commercial and fine art ever since, always evolving and remaining original.
Born in Bristol in 1969, this masterful stencil artist is famous for his formally dressed bowler hat-wearing character called Vandal (believed to be Walker himself). Back in the early ’90s, Nick was a part of the infamous and avant-garde Bristol graffiti scene. During that time, he started combining stencils with his freehand work which allowed a collation of images that look like photographs and the instinctive sentiment related to conventional graffiti.
Nick has mastered his art using the freedom of spray cans with the addition of very impressive stenciling. He is interested in capturing the instant, the frozen movement, as in a photograph, but using stencils and sprays instead of a camera. His works contain direct and powerful political and social messages. Aside from street art, Nick has worked in the film industry on movies Judge Dredd (1995) and Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999) and was also included in a video by The Black Eyed Peas.
Through his identifiable style and brilliantly funny humor, Nick Walker has conquered the art world. His artworks are best described as very sophisticated and endlessly desirable, and it's no wonder they jazz up any wall.
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