British, b. 1979
For the last decade, street artist Stik's huge mysterious figures have been lurking on the sides of buildings and billboards in Hackney. Though simple, composed of just six lines each with dots for eyes, Stik's stick people are subtly expressive. The artist spent a number of years homeless, and in addition to being self-taught, still does much of his mural work illegally, sometimes reaching seemingly superhuman locations to paint. Despite Stik’s unofficial origins, organizations such as The British Council have commissioned permanent murals by him in London and abroad.