Rafael Sliks, ‘Sardas (Freckles)’, 2016, Julien's Auctions
Rafael Sliks, ‘Sardas (Freckles)’, 2016, Julien's Auctions
Rafael Sliks, ‘Sardas (Freckles)’, 2016, Julien's Auctions

Rafael Sliks treats graffiti as a form of advanced calligraphy. For Sliks, graffiti does not have to deface but can beautify. Embracing the practice that each spray, no matter how complex, is a precise science at the intersection of hand position, distance from the subject, and pressure on the nozzle, Sliks’ tag affirms beauty. Sardas (Freckles) is the marriage of society’s typical understanding of beauty, a model, and an art form that has traditionally been criticized, the graffiti tag. The combination is daring but aesthetically pleasing, enhancing the black and white photograph.

Signature: Signed and dated in pencil lower right “Sliks, 2016”