Last fall, Stik invaded New York with a 50 foot mural of a stick figure near Tompkins Square Park in the East Village.
Stik a UK street artist, has been creating his “Stik people” around London for over ten years. In recent years, he’s become more visible and went on to have several well received exhibitions. Many of which are stick figure renditions of classic works of art by famous artists. Once homeless, Stik creates art by capturing the importance of body language in human interaction while conveying expression and emotion.
In town for his first solo exhibit at the Dorian Grey Gallery, Stik is known for leaving his simple, androgynous Stik people wherever he visits. And lucky for New York, he left one his signature characters in a mural called “Liberty” on the corner of Avenue A and 9th Street. According to the Dorian Gray Gallery who commissioned the work, “the deceptively simple stick figure raises one arm in a plaintive gesture of solidarity to the artists, activists and outsiders who have occupied Tompkins Square over the years.”
In his own words, Stik told the Little London Observationist that “Beauty is in movement. That’s what it’s about. Beauty is about the way that someone moves their body. You can tell by someone’s walk if they’re angry, whether they’re happy or if they’ve just eaten. You can tell a lot about someone just by the way they’re moving their back or their eyes. There doesn’t need to be a great deal of detail there. You can see it from across the road. You can see someone silhouetted against a white wall in the night and check whether they’re walking in an aggressive way or if they’re someone you know. That’s what I’m trying to capture in my work – that direct recognition”
Stik Tompkins Square, Corner of Avenue A and 9th Street