Our friend and frequent FF contributor David Shillinglaw caught up with him before the big show featuring "misses, haphazardness, the longevity of art versus its creator."
I have known Sickboy for a few years and he is somewhat of a trickster. He is difficult to pin down. The man and his artwork slip and slide from canvas to caravan. A shape shifter and adventure painter, traversing Gambian mangroves and Indian slums as well as the less tropical streets of London and Bristol. The art is loaded with references that never fail to bend my mind toward humorous and psychedelic directions, a mash-up of familiar and foreign signs. I enjoy getting lost in the strange and colourful universe Sickboy creates; there is a golden thread throughout that no matter how cryptic and coded is always ready to make me smile.
We have both been away and on the run for the last few months, but with the help of various forms of telecommunications we managed to share a few words, images and a soundtrack to the new body of work. -David Shillinglaw
DS: thanks for sending over photos. Looks like you've been having fun, how long you been in Barcelona? and why did you go to Barcelona in the first place.
SB: I woke up on new years day in the countryside without a hangover and thought it would be good to switch things up this year and get in the daylight stroke my hand in the ocean and rub garlic all over my teeth, I have been coming here for years and have good friends like Zosen, Max Rippon, Mina Hamada, Leon Kafre all going in deep on the art so I thought I’d join them while I created my show "Make It Last Forever" for Lazarides
DS: You have been making a new body of work for the next London show. Tell me a little about the show. Where does the title come from? Make it last forever? Make what last forever?
SB: It is a show about ephemera, life’s near misses, haphazardness, the longevity of art versus its creator,
I am working on such an intense installation since I teamed up with a fabricator out here in Spain, and the canvas work to install ratio is really magnetised to my current most enveloping tangibility
DS: What you had for breakfast?
SB: Last nights dreams
Press Release for the upcoming show opening July 25th in London: Sickboy’s return to London with a full-scale exhibition celebrates a poignant embodiment of the artist’s inspirations to date.
Seeking to freeze-frame life’s ephemeral nature in the form of vivid, forward-thinking paintings, sculpture and installation, Make It Last Forever presents the unconventional artist’s most cohesive showcase to date. Utilising a variety of mediums Sickboy has been able to curate an array of personal assemblages, between his London and Barcelona studios, into an intimate and thought- provoking new body of work.
“Since I can remember I have been collecting objects of personal interest and categorising them to give the sum of objects a new story amongst their interchangeable juxtaposition, anything from a Disney character jilted by the ages to inanimate objects of beauty found on the street, jewels amongst the trash or gifts from the good people in my life. A good find always excited the inner child and pushes the story teller within me forward.” – Sickboy, 2014
For more info on the show, check here.