To celebrate the return of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Galerie LeRoyer will hold an exhibition of new works by renowned Canadian street artist, Stikki Peaches. The exhibition will run from June 16th to July 10th at the gallery at 45 Saint-Paul West Street.
Stikki Peaches grew up in Montreal watching the Formula One races of the ‘80s and ‘90s, and his new body of work celebrates drivers from every era of the sport, from Niki Lauda to Lewis Hamilton. A devout Street-Artist, Stikki Peaches approaches his canvases the same way he creates his murals. He uses layers of material to mimic the years of graffiti, stickers, posters, and urban debris that have weathered the walls, alleyways and bricks of the Mile-End and Plateau, his admitted “playground”, amongst other global metropolises.
“I don’t have any paintings without street art”, he says, “without that, there’s no show”. A true mixed-media artist, Stikki Peaches is precise and resourceful from start to finish; after sourcing the perfect image of his subject, he collages the work to reimage it before his two-step tattooing takes place. First, he sketches the tattoos, and then embellishes them with ink before laying the piece on canvas and applying the wood panelling. Commenting on trends and drawing from the years of “caked on” graffiti, Stikki Peaches’ intricate tattoo work, with each thematically relevant design, symbol, and remark, forces the viewer to peel back the layers of material and ink to decipher the true subject of each piece.
Stikki then affixes to the canvas individual tiles that he builds, breaks, and then reconstructs to frame and highlight the subject. Once he grouts the tiles, he can then perform the “colour-work”; the pastel and paint that bolster his sculptural, culturally relevant canvases. While admittedly starting out tagging his neighbourhood, over the years and with accelerated recognition, Stikki’s work reflects on the figures who’ve characterised and shaped our cultural moment.
Much like the drivers themselves, Stikki hits the pavement with skill and talent, using the street as his primary form of expression. His F1 series, alongside other pieces from Galerie LeRoyer’s Stikki Peaches collection, will be exhibited for three weeks at the gallery at 45 Saint-Paul West Street.