Stik does a lot with very little; famously just “six lines and two dots” in a palette of black and white. For collectors, Stik offers a range of benefits, from the ease with which you can familiarise yourself with his work just by walking the streets of Hackney to the fun of collecting a whole set of his limited edition prints and learning their backstories, and – ultimately helping Stik’s charitable causes.
Why to start your street art collection with Stik?
Stik’s editioned multiples are a good starting point and can be bought at accessibly prices – many collectors aim to acquire all colourways of one multiple, then one can trade up to the more sought after limited, or unique prints as you become more familiar with his catalogue and your appetite for the work.
A new auction record was set for Stik back in December 2018, when Phillips sold Big Mother for £193,750. The half-ton painted brick remnant was salvaged from the huge image painted on the 14-storey social housing block before it was demolished. It was authenticated by Stik and put in a steel frame. Proceeds went to ARTification the local community arts charity who facilitated its creation in 2014.
Robert Kennan, Head of Editions, Europe, at Phillip’s says, “the increasing price point for Stik’s work reflects a shift in the wider appeal of Street Art as one of the most dynamic sub-segments of today’s contemporary art market.” Stik’s work will have enduring value as Kennan explains, “Stik’s work is a continuation of the work of Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and other artists, such as Basquiat, who were trailblazers in the 1970s and 1980s. Much of the contemporary art that we encounter today derives from this legacy and so contextualising street art with these greats is hugely important to understand how this movement started.”
Where to start with Stik
Prints are the best known works on the market and are usually produced to commemorate a much wider project. Such as the many iterations of Liberty, that all relate to the huge main image in New York’s Tomkins Square, a platform for activists.
His works are often released with a range of coloured backgrounds and fans set out to collect the full set. They are produced as limited editions, usually in series’ of about 25, with the direct involvement of the artist himself. Each is clearly numbered and authenticated with relevant certification.
Stik’s larger runs of editioned multiples, commercially printed lithographs created in a greater number of editions, sometimes in the thousands, as long as authenticated, can be a great starting point for collectors. For example, the artists collaborated with the Big Issue magazine US and UK editions in 2013. (UK: Standing Figure, orange, blue, yellow, red; US: Figure Arm On Hip, orange, blue, yellow, red). There are also rarer giclée prints in editions of five in various colours of these works.
Another editioned multiple, Dancer, 2011, is a giclée print, (figure with arms waving above its head on red background, edition of 250, 10 artists proofs) produced for the 2011 Q (the music magazine) Awards nominees, including Adele, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, who were all given the works. The project opened up Stik’s market substantially. Many of the prints were thrown away, so it’s unclear how many are still around, but they do appear on the market now and then. Many were creased so have been professionally restored and flattened. Some come with the original tube or provenance.
In addition to the sanctioned limited editions are artist’s proofs and printer’s proof of any main colour series. These artist’s and printer’s proofs (marked A/P, P/P) command slightly lower prices as they are trial runs to test out the inks. To give you and idea of price variation, two orange single prints of Liberty sold in 2019, one artist proof in Christie’s New York realised $13,750, numbered “AP 5/5”. One from the main run, numbered “11/25”, sold in London for £16,250.
The ultra-rares are the gold dust of the artists print output. Often Stik will add to the collecting treasure hunt by producing one-off special edition prints in distinctive precious inks, such as the ultra-rare copper version of Liberty, 2013, or the mother-of-pearl dust Onbu, 2013. These works are often gifted by the artist to private individuals and end up on wider market where they command high prices – particularly from collectors who have all the other colours in the set.
How to Sell
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Knowing where to sell your artwork is important; this will depend on your own level of confidence and expertise in the art market. Auction houses will appraise your work for free and help you set a reserve price. On the day, you might be lucky – or not at all. You may be up against similar lots that have the potential weaken the appeal of your piece. The auction house will also take a substantial sales fee. Selling privately through a site like MyArtBroker is a safer bet for the inexperienced. You’ll gain access to a network of clients and the brokers involved will know their tastes and how much you can realistically sell the piece for. They will also discretely market the piece too, helping your chance of selling at the right price. Our fixed 0% seller’s fee, with no hidden costs, means it’s completely free to offer your work to market.