GARY STRANGER + PREF | UK
Moniker’s Open Studio programme continues in 2019, inviting artists to create immersive spaces that allow our guests further insight into the thought process, practical technique and inspirations behind the artwork.
Focussing primarily on typography, Gary Stranger is one of the prominent names in the UK street art and graffiti scene, displaying a freehand precision in his work that tempers bold colour and sharp line into flawless, crisp and direct finished works.
Pref too applies an extraordinary deft hand with spray paints, creating puzzle-like typographic art in a mastery of perspective, three-dimensional subterfuge and juxtapositional creations merging multiple styles, eras and pacing.
Ed Hicks, also known as Hicks 54, is a British muralist, illustrator and graffiti artist whose work transitions between graphically expressive landscapes and obscure conceptual themes.
An incredibly versatile talent, Hicks is as comfortable working with more traditional forms of graffiti characters through to complex and precise landscapes, and far more surreal forms beyond.
Internationally renowned travelling artist Nick Fedaeff exhibits at Moniker with a new collection, experimenting with two radically different styles at once in the form of neo cubism and renaissance.
While previous works have been influenced by the old masters, neo cubism is a fresh form of expression for Fedaeff, who combines geometric, patterned images with detailed renaissance-style frameworks.
Additionally within this collection are pieces which continue to explore more familiar themes and styles, such as the surrealist works for which he is perhaps best known.
MIKKEL ULLAH | LEEDS
Leeds artist Mikkel turned to art as a means of rehabilitation and therapy after being diagnosed with an autoimmune illness.
Whilst in remission she suffered a stroke, which led to her having to relearn many skills including speech and mobility, in turn forcing her to reconsider the scale and materials used in her work. She has since explored new ways of working on her pop-culture interpretations, wielding spray paint household paint and acrylics.
Collaborating extensively with musicians, dancers, and artists from different backgrounds, she has also delivered intergenerational community projects with people from the ages of nine to 90. Mikkel aims to help nurture talent and confidence in young people, who struggle to access creativity, and the elderly, who can become very isolated.
OKUDA SAN MIGUEL
Born in Santander, Spain, Okuda San Miguel has become known across the city and beyond for his street and canvas creation of geometric structures, comprising multicolored prints that are joined with gray bodies and organic forms in artistic pieces, a ‘Pop Surrealism’ with a clear essence of the street.
His works pose contradictions about existentialism, the universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, the false freedom of capitalism, and often show a clear conflict between modernity and our roots; in short, between the human being and himself.
Sergio Garcia is a sculptor and painter using art as a means for exploring personal identity, both past and present, within the context of the ever-present human condition and the socio-political environment.
Garcia enjoys creating art that people can relate to, and that stimulates the creative subconscious, not only to create an emotional relationship between art and viewer, but to conjure up questions of how and why.