Sickboy is a British street artist famous for his eccentric approach to urban art. Through his “neo-psychedelic-cosmic-abstract-expressionist” style, Sickboy creates perplexing pieces of art that leave no one indifferent. He often flirts with surrealism to give his artworks deeper meaning.
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. In recent years Sickboy has become known for painting his 'temple' logo on wheelie bins, which can then be worth up to £50,000. Over the years, Sickboy has built up one of the largest bodies of street artworks in UK history, making him one of the most bankable artists.
In a 2011 article, The Guardian article Sickboy named Spanish street artist La Mano as a major influence. He said "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"
Sickboy is currently based between his London and Barcelona studios, exhibiting and curating across international art fairs and self-funded projects worldwide. The artist’s current practice includes interactive installation, abstract narrative painting, film and light sculpture, audience participation, and public intervention.