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Sickboy

British, b. 1980

Creating one of the largest bodies of street art to date, Sickboy is a leading artist to emerge from Bristol’s infamous graffiti scene. With his iconic Temple, Coffin, and “Save the Youth” tags, Sickboy’s work is characterized by a colorful exuberance and playful visual language steeped in a carpe diem philosophy that embraces the omnipresence of mortality. Formally trained in art school, Sickboy’s practice extends across media and disciplines, negating distinctions between graffiti and sculpture, street and studio. In addition to his wide-ranging work on walls and wheelie bins, he has gained global recognition for solo exhibitions, public interventions like his protest piece at the Tate Modern, and his featured appearance in Banksy’s Oscar-nominated film Exit Through the Gift Shop.