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Hip (red)

Hip (red)
Signed Print

Stik

Lithograph, 2013
Signed Print

Critical Review

Hip is an offset lithograph printed in red, white and black, depicting a stickman looking to the side and resting a hand on his side. The print was crafted in collaboration with The Big Issue Japan, and based upon a detail from an eighteenth century print by Utagawa Hiroshige. This followed his collaboration with The Big Issue UK, entitled The Big Issue.

The six-line figure that is Stik's hallmark often elicits an atmosphere of tension and strain: the square body and absence of a neck suggest elevated shoulders, squeezing the upper body against extended limbs.

Hip is another careful study of a person just standing and staring, and it demonstrates Stik's exceptional ability to capture the nuanced features of standing bodies in his minimalist six-line figures. In this piece, Stik expresses his intention to "condense" the characteristics of the body into his minimalist compositions.

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