American artist Logan Hicks. is currently presenting is solo show at The Galerie Openspace The Light Seekers and Night Crawlers exhibition provides the opportunity to discover the multi-layer stencil pioneer artist’s wide scale of talents along with his various inspirations, featuring 30 paintings on canvas and wood, with nocturnal landscapes and scenes depicted in interiors.
The Light Seekers and Night Crawlers exhibition is another occasion for Logan Hicks to share his unique vision of the city. From Paris to London via Torino and Marrakesh, he brings us to different places like a pictorial immersion in his travelling sketchbook. Made after his own photographs, Logan Hicks’s stencil works invite viewers to ponder over the stunning perspective of often-deserted cities and streets while questioning the notion of identity and solitude.
The artist transforms ordinary architectural views into deeply contemplative and metaphorical scenes. This exhibition promises to embark us on a profoundly romantic and intimate journey.
Logan Hicks grew up in Baltimore. After graduating from the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art at the beginning of the 90s, he begun as a screenprinter. It was his friend Shepard Fairey who encouraged him to move to San Diego, California, to join the Low Brow movement of the 90s and focus on stencil, which he had just picked up.
Through this technique, Logan Hicks wanted to go beyond screenprint and experiment with a more spontaneous approach combining the notion of original and serial artwork. In 2007, Logan Hicks came back to the East coast and settled in Brooklyn, New York. The urban art market was booming and so was the New York art scene with artists like Swoon and Faile. Back then, Logan Hicks was already famous for being the pioneer of multi-layer stencil. His fascination goes to the exploration of cities, its urban landscapes, its light, its heights and undergrounds. Based on pictures he takes himself, his works count an average of five or six different stencil layers, cut then painted on top of each other to reach the final result. But this hyper-realistic work takes up a new meaning when the artist sprays his colors.
Thanks to an exceptional rendering of nocturnal light, the work paradoxically looses realism to reach a deeply poetic dimension. A respected figure of the art world and for good reasons, Logan Hicks is often asked to curate international exhibitions and is at the initiative of many artistic projects. Since his first solo show in 2001, he has exhibited his work in the most prestigious galleries all over the world, with several shows in France over the last ten years.