Stik’s first NYC solo exhibit at Dorian Grey Gallery

December 11th, 2013 | By | 9 Comments »


Earlier this fall, a 50-foot-high mural — depicting a stick figure posed with a triumphant salute — surfaced on the corner of Avenue A and 9th Street, directly across from Tompkins Square Park. The work of UK-based international street artist Stik, it is a fitting tribute to the neighborhood and the free-spirited folks who have inhabited it for so long. Stik is now back in town for his first NYC solo exhibit at the Dorian Grey Gallery with canvas work, drawings, sculptural works, and a range of printed materials, including his print release ‘Liberty’ and the political journal ‘The Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary 2014’ which features STIK’s art.

The cover of The Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary

The cover of “The Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary, 2014”

On East 9th Street and Avenue A

On East 9th Street and Avenue A

The exhibit opens tomorrow, Thursday, December 12, at 5pm at 437 East 9th Street @ Ave A. with live painting by the artist. It continues through December 31.

Photos courtesy of the artist

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  • I don’t really understand the appeal of this Stik mural. Like stikman, what can be so great about Stik is that he does a lot with a little, usually by making the work somewhat site-specific. Sure, it’s a reference to the Statue of Liberty in and it’s NYC, but that could also just be a guy waving. Compare it to some of these works by Stik, where he’s either taken the existing elements of the location into account to compose the piece…

  • Lois Stavsky

    As I watched Stik paint it a few months back, I had the sense that it certainly is site-specific, a salute to all those free-spirits living here who have survived against the odds. And even as a guy waving — there are certainly many reasons for him to wave, as he looks down upon so much history that Stik can relate to.

  • Robert Stevens

    This Stik piece has taken on an added poignancy since the death of Mandela. We are all Mandela – arm outstretched, fist thrust into air – fighting our oppressor, whether externally or internally or both, on the long walk to liberty.

  • Danilo Carandina

    Maybe he’s calling a cab…

  • Tristan

    It’s because you forgot to mention where the image stands… Tompkin’s Square Park….

    The working class character made the park a popular staging point for demonstrations of political unrest since 1850’s.

  • Didn’t think about that. Good point. Plus, Stik was homeless for some time and a lot of his charity work these days relates to homelessness.

  • Tristan Manco

    I have to say I’ve become a bit of Stik detractor. I teach illustration and a stickman is a classic artistic starting point – not an end point. If you are going to do something simple – then do it with style – like the London Police or Pez. But everything I see from this artist is very awkwardly done. I feel like the guy who pointed out the Emperor has no clothes – but this is really dull art and the art show is equally inept….
    Some of the sentiments that have been attached to Stik’s work are well intentioned but don’t seem to match the talent of the art, which is not there. You don’t need talent to make street art but as I’ve made a career out of being a talent spotter – its usually the talent that draws me in…
    There I’ve said it!

  • Lois Stavsky

    I do wish, though, that you could see his sketch book! Lots of talent.

  • Tristan Manco

    I hate to be a detractor of anyone or anything, as I believe art is for everyone – the educator in me would like to see this artist pushing themselves to something better. While in terms of exemplary talent I would rather direct my readers or students elsewhere and perhaps use Stik as an example of an artist who might benefit from constructive criticism!