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Jacob Yikes - Dead Men Walking Don't Dream

Original acrylic, metallic pigment and aerosol on board. 435 x 615mm H. Framed in a box frame. 
About the Artwork: One of two smaller works in Jacob's exhibition Even in Darkness, this artwork is different in composition with the lower 2/3s detailing a surreal, otherworldly landscape. Above, a  human head sits semi-emerged, like popping out from a pool of water, eyes closed in a meditative state that eludes a calmness in the midst of such abstract concepts below. A beam of light directs us from the rocky, cave-like central element, up to the head, but doesn't connect directly. A secondary strip of light seems to be falling down towards the head from above. A dark teardrop shape floating just above like it is about to hit and what it is isn't revealed. Whether this is the same light beam from below is up for question, but as a series of artworks, each comment on a spiritual journey that Jacob experienced. 
About the Artist: 
Jacob Yikes (Jacob Ryan, born 1987), is a multi-disciplinary artist from Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand. From his roots in graffiti as a teenager, Yikes has earned a position as one of the country’s most prolific and respected urban artists. After joining the renowned DTR Crew in 2014, his profile and output expanded and his ever-evolving and distinctive style has seen him headline an array of street art festivals across Aotearoa, including Rise, Spectrum, Paradox and South Sea Spray.

Developing a focus on his fine art and studio-based works, Yikes completed his Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts in 2010 and has been exhibiting in gallery settings since. His unique style and technical skill have seen him complete commercial campaigns with Cadbury, Parrot Dog Brewery and Fiasco Brewing, as well as collaborations with musicians Tom Scott and Mellowdowns.  His work has even extended to hospitality fit-outs, creating special effects in the interiors of several popular restaurants, such as Mexico in Christchurch. 

His ability to adapt his style to various subjects has given Jacob access to private commissions, from small-scale studio works to massive walls, both private and public. Commissions with the DTR Crew and OiYOU! Street Art includes Jacob’s largest wall yet, the tribute to iconic physicist Earnest Rutherford on the Hutchinson Ford Building in central Christchurch (2022). 

Price: 2,500.00 NZD