Jacob Yikes - ESCAPISM - Witching Hour
Mixed media on custom board.
600mm W x 830mm H
About the Artwork: 'The Witching Hour' is one of the more abstract works in ESCAPISM, yet, we follow the organic lines throughout the composition that lead to areas of focus. A singular face can be seen at the top of the artwork, eyes are hidden, but connecting to the face is an other-worldly shape - is it the body of another creature? Like in many of Jacob's compositions, there are several separated grounding areas. Some resemble paua shells, others are bodies of water that reflect the light. We are drawn into the center where lines explode outwards. Metallic pigment shifts and change as you move around this incredible artwork. The story is left up to the viewer to decipher.
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).
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