Graffiti artist Sickboy - Heaven & Earth show - Brick Lane, London [Video]

Graffiti artist Sickboy

Acclaimed British surrealist graffiti artist Sickboy returns this November with his second major London solo show, Heaven & Earth.

Following his smash 2008 exhibition, Stay Free - which saw him transform a Victorian tram shed into a 3D Willy Wonka-esque playground (with balaclava-clad Oompa Loompas running amok and a 14ft factory installation churning out art) - the artist presents his most spectacular showcase yet.

A celebration of earthly sins and heavenly fantasies, with collaborations from some of the biggest names in the global scene, Heaven & Earth sees Sickboy figuratively fall from grace into one of his own worlds, calling upon 12 of his fellow street art figureheads to plunge into the depths of darkest conscious.

Those familiar with Sickboy's prolific street work such as the iconic 'Temple' (sprayed in the McDonalds palette on walls and wheelie bins worldwide) will witness the deeper development of the artist's visual vocabulary with his new body of work.

Inspired by semiotics and symbolism, Renaissance paintings and the surreal landscape workings of artists like Hieronymus Bosch, Sickboy confesses all in this show, with beautifully-detailed paintings containing deeply personal narratives alongside his surrealist depictions of the world.

The artist also presents four major installations which include a walk-in confessional booth (with a resident pastor who will be appearing at various service times throughout the opening), and an installation which sees a who's who of eminent artists joining Sickboy on his cathartic journey including: D*Face, Eine, Anthony Lister, Paul Insect, Vhils, Conor Harrington, Xenz, Word to Mother, Will Barras, Eelus, Mudwig and Hush - all of whom feature in a special collaborative element of the show.

Sickboy - Heaven & Earth show video:

The art exorcism doesn't just end there. After years of brainwashing the public with his temple and slogans such as 'Save the Youth', Sickboy is expanding his ethos of 'art for the people' and inviting the global public to become part of his show by submitting their anonymous confessions to him, which will become one of the main installations, entitled CONFESS.

"The CONFESS concept was inspired by a close-up photograph of my hand, painting a canvas" the artist explains. "I thought 'that hand's done some bad things'. Everyone's got skeletons in their closet, but modern day society relies heavily on superficial methods of exorcising our demons: whether it's drink, drugs or just clearing the Internet history on your computer. By confessing anonymously, people can lighten their conscience. With art as a scapegoat, a problem shared is a problem solved. Let's get back to our roots, focus on the future and demolish the past ... confess a feeling."

A fourth surprise installation will be unveiled on the opening night, which brings the artist's street work into an exhibition environment.

One of the world's most controversial street artists, Sickboy, who continues to shun gallery representation to maintain his independence, reminds us that: "There are no rules. Expect the unexpected."

Heaven & Earth opens with a private view on Thursday 3RD November and opens to the public on Friday 4TH November. Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL.


A leading artist to emerge from Bristol's infamous graffiti scene, Sickboy's humorous work has cemented his place in the upper echelons of the British street art movement. He is one of the first UK artists to use a logo in place of a tag, and his red and yellow street logo known as 'The Temple' can be seen on walls and wheelie bins worldwide. Known for hitting unusual spots, Sickboy is often seen fleeing travellers' yards with Pit Bulls nipping at his ankles thanks to his weird hobby of finding and painting caravans - the great British touring equivalent of the New York subway train.

Sickboy - whose art recently appeared in Banksy's Oscar-nominated movie, Exit Through the Gift Shop - has built up one of the largest bodies of exterior works in UK history.

Lauded by the leading financial press as one of the movement's most bankable artists, his shows, temples, slogans such as Save the Youth and audacious stunts - including the caged heart installation dropped outside the Tate Modern as a statement at corporate-backed graffiti - have landed him global recognition.



PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 3rd November 2011 18:00-22:00

PUBLIC VIEW: Friday 4th-6th November 2011 12.00-19.00


The twelve artists on board the show include: D*Face, Eine (who hit the headlines when Prime Minister, David Cameron gifted one of his paintings to President Barack Obama), Anthony Lister, Paul Insect and Vhils (of London's acclaimed Lazarides Gallery), Conor Harrington, Xenz, Will Barras, Eelus, Hush, Mudwig and Word to Mother.


The public can submit their confessions anonymously to Sickboy via


Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL. Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street / Shoreditch.

Photo Credit: Photography by Viktor Vauthier

For the latest information, go to:

Sickboy Official Website

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