Nick Walker is one of the world’s best-known street artists. Born in 1969, he emerged from the infamous and groundbreaking Bristol graffiti scene of the early 1980s. As a forerunner of the British graffiti phenomenon, Nick’s work has become a blueprint for hundreds of emerging artists, including Banksy. His work is constantly evolving and remains innovative, modern and thought-provoking.
Nick draws on the energy and imagery of graffiti, but he succeeds in combining the freedom the spray can brings with very controlled and intricate stenciling. The results are highly sophisticated and infinitely desirable. The methods he uses retain their forcefulness and integrity through the traditional medium of canvas.
Nick Walker’s instantly recognizable style and humor have gained him a worldwide following. In 2008, Nick had sell-out shows in LA and London, where collectors queued for over 24 hours to be among the first to get his latest print edition. In 2008, his iconic Moona Lisa sold over ten times its estimated value at auction at Bonhams.
Over the years, Nick’s work has been praised by the media and has attracted headlines worldwide, including the front page of The Independent arts magazine and The Observer’s round-up of the year’s biggest events of 2008. In 2012, Nick joined the roster of design partners at Royal Doulton and he presently continues to create unique pieces for them.
His work has also been embraced by the record, fashion and film industries. He was commissioned by Stanley Kubrick to recreate the heavily hit graffiti’d areas of New York for Eyes Wide Shut. More recently Nick’s infamous and recognizable ‘Vandal’ character – the artist who disguises himself as a quintessential English gentleman in order to get away with artistic vandalism, was featured in the Black Eyed Peas ‘I Gotta Feeling’ video.
Nick Walker’s work is featured in numerous prestigious public and private collections, including the Mugrabi family, and has recently been exhibited alongside Warhol, Murakami and Marden in the ‘With you I want to Live’ show at the Museum of Fort Lauderdale.