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Hip (blue), a signed lithograph, was released in 2013.
Hip is an offset lithograph printed in blue, white and black, depicting a stickman looking to the side with a hand on his hip.
A clear example of Stik’s remarkable skill at depicting the fine details of standing bodies in his minimalist six-line figures, Hip is another observant study of a person merely standing and looking. Stik’s intention to ‘compress’ the details of the body into his minimalist compositions is clear here: “Quite often, simple images are the most noted. If I’ve got too many lines, I kind of lose track of what’s going on. I like to have very few things going on, but a lot of data compression in that”. Recalling Giacometti with its interest in the experience of occupying the human body, Hip clearly gestures to feelings of fatigue and weariness.
Part of a long line of standing stickmen, Hip is unique in its depiction of a curved wrist, in contrast to the typically straight-limbed depictions of isolated figures by the artist, such as Standing Figure. This eye to detail works against the movement towards simplicity in Stik’s art, which he has himself recognised: “It’s always been simple, and it seems to be getting simpler as time passes. I appreciate simplicity.”