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Jacob Yikes - The Penguin

Mixed media on paper, 525 x 725mm (framed)

Jacob Yikes, born Jacob Ryan, is a multi-disciplined artist based in Christchurch, New Zealand. His extensive background in graffiti and street based, work often very large scale, has earned him the position of one of the country’s most sought after and active artists.

Having headlined many festivals including Rise, Spectrum and Paradox, he was also one of the organisers behind ‘From the Ground Up’, which was the first locally funded festival in Christchurch after the earthquakes.

While Jacob’s presence is heavy on the streets, his series of surreal fine art work is coming into a life of its own. Still influenced by the exterior work, his large-scale illustrations and paintings on paper show a more in depth side to artist and how his mind works. 

Using gestural movements as well as very fine detail work, his paintings have become more personal than ever and are beginning to allow Yikes to portray a side to his work not often seen before. 

With the use of bizarre characters and surrealistic scenery, Yikes’s work can be viewed as a look into the artist himself more often than not. He is somewhat redefining the idea of a self-portrait as he often refers to his paintings as an extension of himself, using symbolic ideas and imagery referring to his past, present and future painted in portrait format. 

Price: 2,300.00 NZD