Standing Figure (orange)

Standing Figure (orange)
Signed Print

Stik

Lithograph, 2015
Signed Print

Critical Review

Standing Figure is a signed offset lithograph printed in orange, white and black. The artist's six-line stickman seems to be standing at an angle, with his eyes cast apprehensively to the left.

A direct response to the sensations of despair that Stik experienced during his time as a homeless person, Standing Figure is a work of art brimming with a sense of desolation. In the print, Stik's feeling of urban isolation is conveyed by the lone stickman, who seems uneasy and melancholy with a sideways gaze. This image highlights the inextricable relationship between Stik's experience of urban isolation and the genesis of the six-line stickman.

It appeared as a pull-out in the artist's 2015 book, which looked back on the artist's early years as a street artist. While Stik returns to similar images over and over again (particularly depicting lone stickmen) his approach is always evolving in response to the shifting urban environment that serves as the backdrop for most of his work. As a tribute to the beginnings of his work, its presence as a pull-out in his book is particularly  appropriate.