Lauded New York-based painter and stencil art innovator, Logan Hicks returns to London for his inaugural exhibition at The Outsiders London. The exhibition is dubbed ‘Structural Integrity.’
Logan is widely recognised as a pioneer in the stencil art medium. His breathtaking, meticulous, multi-layered, photorealistic paintings detail the city: from its grandest edifices, ancient or ultramodern, to its lowliest alleyways and forgotten underbelly.
The new body of work marks a departure from Logan’s traditional monochromatic palette. Gone are the sombre hues of his past: the paintings now enjoy a colourful palette not often seen in previous work.
This new spirit not only brings the landscapes to life, but also the people contained within them. When quizzed about his focus on architecture and the urban landscape, Logan states: "When I walk through the streets, I see all these buildings and I wonder what stories they have to tell. How many people have lived out their lives in each room, of each building, on each street corner? How many times has someone walked down a street and felt like they were invincible? Or walked down that very same street thinking about ending their life? Every square inch of the city has millions of stories to tell. My work is a tribute to the events that have played out on its streets and inside its walls. My work reflects on the events that have come before me.” Of his work as a whole Logan explains, “I like the permanence of architecture. The idea that emotions and people flow in and out of these structures as they themselves remain stoic, emotionless – a witness to the vitality of surrounding life.”
In addition to paintings, Logan will debut a body of photographs captured over the past five years. Many of these photos are taken deep inside active metropolitan railway systems where few have dared to tread. This ‘inside-out’ look at the city splendidly complements the ‘surface level’ subject matter of the accompanying paintings.
About the artist
Logan Hicks is a New York-based stencil artist whose work explores the dynamics of the urban environment. Originally a professional screen printer, Logan’s work has gained considerable plaudits for its ability to capture the sometimes mundane cycle of city life in a haunting, yet highly refined, manner using hand-sprayed stencils.
Stencilling started as a substitution for screen printing, but quickly morphed into Logan’s medium of choice. An ideal union was formed through these stencils: the dirty and gritty nature of spray paint showcasing the decay of the city, while the muted shine of metallic paint mirrored the faint glimmer of hope within it. It is this symbiotic relationship with the city that fuels Logan’s work.
Logan’s distinctive work has been exhibited all over the world from Amsterdam to New Zealand.