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Kid Acne  

BORN – Lilongwe, Malawi 1978

LIVES & WORKS - Sheffield, England

Kid Acne is a UK-based artist, illustrator, print-maker and emcee.

His formative years were spent writing graffiti, self-publishing fanzines and making experimental hip-hop – invariably designing and printing the record sleeves by hand.  

The combination of these interests informed the development of his own unique aesthetic, first documented in the seminal Scrawl tome (Booth-Clibborn Editions, 1999).

A stalwart of the international Street Art movement, Kid Acne has painted large-scale murals across continents and exhibited extensively over the past two decades.

In 2011, Museums Sheffield hosted the first comprehensive retrospective of his work, attracting over 50,000 visitors.

Rendered in a distinct illustrative style, his art explores a variety of themes from colloquialisms and typography to mythology and architecture. Most notable however, are his depictions of a self-realised tribe of enigmatic female warriors known as Stabby Women. 

Kid Acne’s work can be seen throughout the globe; from wheat-pastes in Melbourne, to gallery shows in Los Angeles, murals in South Yorkshire and animations online. 

And he still has acne.

 

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Photo: Chris M Saunders

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CLIENT LIST
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Levis / Kenzo / Prada / Keihl’s / Elle Magazine / Warner Bros / Brompton / Ford / Volkswagen / Mercedes Benz / Channel 4 / Beck’s / Kid Robot / EMI / WARP / XL Recordings / Ninja Tune / Chocolate Industries / Lex Records / Fenchurch / Schuh / Puma / Djinn’s / Unabomber / WeWork / Visa Platinum / Montana Colors / Thornbridge / Magma / Concrete Hermit / Thames & Hudson /

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
MARK MY WORDS / C.A.V.E Gallery, Los Angeles (US)

2015
DESTINED FOR GREATNESS / C.A.V.E Gallery, Los Angeles (US)
RUMBLE IN THE JUMBLE / B&B Gallery, Sheffield (UK)

2014
THE RETURN / Galo Art Gallery, Turin (IT)
STANDARD PRACTICE / B&B Gallery, Sheffield (UK)
ADAPTATIONS / Graffiti Life Gallery, London (UK)

2012
DAMN STRAIGHT/ Inoperable Gallery, Vienna (AT)
STAND & DELIVER / C.A.V.E Gallery, Los Angeles (US)

2011
CLOAK & DAGGER / Other Gallery, Beijing (CN)
KILL YOUR DARLINGS / Millennium Gallery, Sheffield (UK)
RHYTHM IS A DANCER / Stolen Space, London (UK)

2010
WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS / Concrete Hermit, London (UK)
DUST IN THE GIANT’S EYE / Electrik Sheep Gallery, Newcastle (UK)
OIS’ EASY / Helmet Gallery, Munich (DE)

2009
SMOKE & MIRRORS / Stella Dore Gallery, London (UK)

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
ALL GOOD THINGS / Stolen Space, London (UK)
HERE WE ARE / B&B Gallery, Sheffield (UK)

2016
SPRING GROUP SHOW / B&B Gallery, Sheffield (UK)

2015
UN DESSIN EST BEAU SI LA LIGNE EST VIVANTE / Pilori Museum, Niort (FR)
WINTER GROUP SHOW / B&B Gallery, Sheffield (UK)

2014
WU TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN / LondonNewcastle Project, London (UK)
SPRING GROUP SHOW / B&B Gallery, Sheffield (UK)

2013
WINTER GROUP SHOW / B&B Gallery, Sheffield (UK)

2012
SCRATCH 17 / Londonewcastle Project, London (UK)

2011
NIGHT BIRDS / Kenzo Showroom, Paris (FR)
TERRAIN VAGUE / Pilori Museum, Niort (FR)
STREET ART SAVED MY LIFE / C.A.V.E Gallery, Los Angeles (US)

2010
NEVER JUDGE / Stolen Space, London (UK)
SUMMER GROUP SHOW / Stolen Space, London (UK)

2009
FLYING EYEBALL / Gallery 27, London, UK
SEVEN STYLES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS / APG Works, Sheffield, UK

2008
STELLA DORE GROUP SHOW / Stella Dore Gallery, London (UK)
BROTHERS IN ARMS / Mini Gallery, Belo Horizonte (BR)

2007
ALTERNATIVITY / Truman Brewery, London (UK)
BESTIAL / Iguapop Gallery, Barcelona (ES)
REFILL SEVEN / MTV Gallery, Sydney (AU)

2006
HIS LIFE IS FULL OF MIRACLES / Site Gallery, Sheffield (UK)

2005
PICTURE THIS / Bargehouse, London (UK)
GIRLS / Myymälä 2 Gallery, Helsinki (FI)

2004
THE BIG DRAW / Millennium Gallery, Sheffield (UK)
GRAPHIC/ Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York (US)
APPLICATION / Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (AU)

2003
BASEFIELD / The Commons, Melbourne (AU)
SEXPO / Hixept Gallery, Grenoble (FR)

2001
GRAFFITI: CONCRETE OR WALLPAPER? / Swiss Embassy, London (UK)

1998
GRAFFITI BASTARDS 2 / Custard Factory, Birmingham (UK)

1996
GRAFFITI BASTARDS / Custard Factory, Birmingham (UK)

 

 

DISCOGRAPHY 

2017
MONGRELS / Attack The Megalith (Invisible Spies) 12″ EP

2016
MONGRELS / Attack The Monolith (Invisible Spies) LP
MONGRELS x BURGUNDY BLOOD / In The Pop Wilderness (Invisible Spies) cassette EP

2015
MONGRELS / You Dig Raps? (Invisible Spies) 7″
MONGRELS / Low Budget, High Concept (Invisible Spies) 10″ EP

2007
KID ACNE / Romance Ain’t Dead (Lex / EMI) LP
KID ACNE / Romance Ain’t Beats (Lex / EMI) LP
KID ACNE / Worst Luck (Lex / EMI) 7″ / 12″
KID ACNE / Sliding Doors (Lex / EMI)  7″ / 12″
KID ACNE /  Eddy Fresh (Lex / EMI)  7″ / 12″

2004
KID ACNE / Reality Raps (Invisible Spies) 12″ EP
KID ACNE /  Acne Instrumentals (Invisible Spies) 12″ EP

2003
KID ACNE / Council Pop (Invisible Spies) LP
KID ACNE / Radio Music / Hooligan 78 (Invisible Spies) 12″
KID ACNE / Zub-Zub Rockerz (Electro Caramel) 7″

2002
KID ACNE / Regarde Kid Acne (Invisible Spies) 7″
MONGRELS / Fresh Arrangements (Invisible Spies) 7″
TOAH DYNAMIC / Cops Hate Our Love (Invisible Spies) LP

2001
KID ACNE / Rap Traffic (Invisible Spies) LP
KID ACNE / Squirrel Hunters (Invisible Spies) 7″

2000
TOAH DYNAMIC / Movement (Invisible Spies) LP
TOAH DYNAMIC / Harvest Festival (Invisible Spies) 7″ EP
TOAH DYNAMIC / Son of A Copper (Invisible Spies) 7″ EP

1997
MONGRELS / Slignshots (C.U Next Tuesday) 7″

1996
TOAH DYNAMIC / Hip-Hop Gymkhana (C.U Next Tuesday) 7″ EP

 

 

FANZINES / SELF PUBLISHING 

2014
CALL TO ARMS / Edition of 500

2012
STAND & DELIVER / Edition of 200
COLOUR ME BAD Vol. 2 / Edition of 200

2011
WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS / Edition of 150
COLOUR ME BAD Vol. 1 / Edition of 100

2010
STABBY WOMEN / Edition of 250

2009
SMOKE & MIRRORS / Edition of 100

2001
ZEBRA FACE / Edition of 1000

1996
VELCRO GRASS #2 / Edition of 50
ZEBRA FACE / Edition of 100
VELCRO GRASS #3 / Edition of 50

1995
VELCRO GRASS #1 / Edition of 50

 

 

SELECTED GROUP PUBLICATIONS

2016
CONTEMPORARY STREET GRAPHICS / International Design Network
L’ART SE RUE / H’artpon Les Editions
THE ART OF REBELLION 4 / Publikat

2015
STREET MESSAGES / Dokument Press

2013
IT’S A STICK UP / Laurence King

​H​APPY GRAFFITI / Cassell

2012
OISEAUX DE NUIT / Images en Manoeuvres Editions
WE OWN THE NIGHT / Rizzoli
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF STREET ART / Robinson

2011
THE 3D ART BOOK / Prestel
BEHIND THE ZINES – Self-Publishing Culture / Gestalten
STREET ART – The Best Urban Art From Around The World / Michael O’Mara Books
REINVENTING SCREENPRINTING / Roto Vision

2010
STREET ART NEW YORK / Prestel
NINJA TUNE – 20 Years of Beats & Pieces / Black Dog Publishing
I AM PLASTIC TOO / Kid Robot
ART OF REBELLION 3 / Publikat

2007
BOOK ART – Innovation in Book Design / Rotovision

2006
ALL ALLURE / Gestalten
ART OF REBELLION 2 / Publikat

2005
WARP – Labels Unlimited / Black Dog Publishing
KASKAD / Robert Horne

2004
STREET LOGOS / Thames & Hudson
GRAFFITI WORLD – Street Art From Five Continents / Thames & Hudson

1999
SCRAWL – Dirty Graphics & Strange Characters / Booth-Clibborn Editions

1996
SCENES FROM THE INSIDE / Drat & Blast

 

 

 

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