UK Street Art duo Snik have kicked off this year’s Nuart Festival with an incredible hand-cut stencil drawing on influences from British art movement the Pre-Raphaelites.
The Pre-Raphaelites were a secret society of young artists (and one writer), founded in London in 1848. They were opposed to the Royal Academy’s promotion of the Renaissance master Raphael. Inspired by the theories of John Ruskin, who urged artists to ‘go to nature’, they believed in an art of serious subjects treated with maximum realism.
The piece, titled ‘Gone Believer’can be found in Tou Scene, Nuart’s epicentre. The mural is designed with the surrounding ivy in mind, which over time will grow back to create a living, breathing, organic artwork perfectly in tune with its surroundings.
The piece is the first of two walls in Stavanger by Snik and kicks off an intense period of production over the next twelve months that will see the pair paint all over the world, culminating in a self-produced solo exhibition in London in July 2019.
“We want to develop our work further with every mural and every exhibition, and we are excited to present the next step in our evolution as contemporary artists at Nuart in Stavanger, one of Street Art’s most prestigious events” Snik.
“Over the years Snik have established themselves as one of the worlds most respected stencil artists, the absolute foundation of “Street Art” culture and in particular in Norway, where the form has a long history. Their reputation is built on producing over ten years’ worth of carefully hand-crafted and hand-cut works, testament to their genuine engagement with a craft and form that many have abandoned in favour of digital laser cutting. It’s this absolute dedication to creating hand-crafted works that separate them from many that have attempted to follow in their footsteps.” Martyn Reed, Nuart Festival Founder and Director
Nuart is a leading street art festival in Stavanger, Norway, that attracts both pioneers and up and coming talents focusing exclusively on Street Art since 2005.
This year, it’s 18th edition will see artists AFK (NO), ALICE PASQUINI (IT),CARRIE REICHARDT (UK),CONZO & GLÖBEL (UK), CONZO & GLÖBEL (UK), ELKI (UK), EMEMEM (FR), ENER KONINGS (NO), FINTAN MAGEE (AU), HELEN BUR (UK), JAN VORMANN (FR), JAZOO YANG (KR), MARET ANNE SARA (NO), MARTIN WHATSON (NO), MILU CORRECH (AR), MISS. PRINTED (NO), MURMURE (FR), NAFIR (IR), NIMI & RH74 (NO), NINA GHAFARI (IR/NO), NIPPER (UK/NO), OCTAVI SERRA (ES), SAID DOKINS (MX), SKURK (NO), SNIK (UK), TREF (NO)and VLADY (IT) on the streets of Stavanger.