Contemporary Print Market Report
Stik: Sleeping Baby (silver) - Signed Print

Sleeping Baby (silver)
Signed Print

Stik

£20,000-£40,000 Guide

This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Screenprint, 2015
Signed Print Edition of 25

Critical Review

An unabashed declaration of gratitude and love for the National Health Service, Sleeping Baby pays tribute to the centrality of healthcare workers to communities everywhere. Of his works, Stik has stated: “they are personal and it’s about the micro and macro; the within and the without. I guess it’s small-p political.” This sentiment is crystal clear in Sleeping Baby, which brings a vibrant political message of the importance of protecting public services and resisting privatisation; upon the work’s unveiling, Stik remarked that ‘suffering is not a commodity to be bought and sold’.

The print features a six-line stickman figure sleeping on its side with its eyes closed. With one hand clutching the scalp and the other cushioning the face, the figure seems vulnerable and safe at the same time, both at ease and precarious. The communication of its politically-charged message is all the more potent in the artist’s compelling and mellow six-line drawing style.

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