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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, including lost civilisations, colloquialisms and tribes of female warriors.

Currently, his work can be seen throughout the globe; from wheat-pastes in Melbourne, to gallery shows in Los Angeles 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 / Warner Bros / Brompton / Ford / Volkswagen / Mercedes Benz / Channel 4 / Beck’s / Kid Robot / EMI / WARP / XL Recordings / Ninja Tune / Schuh / Djinn’s /

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

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

2012 
DAMN STRAIGHT/ Inoperable Gallery, Vienna, Austria
STAND & DELIVER / C.A.V.E Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2011
CLOAK & DAGGER / Other Gallery, Beijing, China 
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, Germany

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

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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

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

2014
WU TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN / Londonewcastle Project, London UK

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

2012
SCRATCH 17 / Londonewcastle Project, London, UK

2011
NIGHT BIRDS / Kenzo Showroom, Paris, France
TERRAIN VAGUE / Pilori Museum, Niort, France

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, Brazil

2007
ALTERNATIVITY / Truman Brewery, London, UK
BESTIAL / Iguapop Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
REFILL SEVEN / MTV Gallery, Sydney, Australia

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

2005
PICTURE THIS / Bargehouse, London, UK
GIRLS / Myymälä 2 Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

2004
THE BIG DRAW / Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, UK
GRAPHIC/ Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, USA
APPLICATION / Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia

2003
BASEFIELD / The Commons, Melbourne, Australia
SEXPO / Hixept Gallery, Grenoble, France

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 

KID ACNE Albums 
RAP TRAFFIC (LP) / Invisible Spies 2001
COUNCIL POP (LP) / Invisible Spies 2003
ROMANCE AIN’T DEAD (LP) / Lex Records 2007

KID ACNE Singles / EPs 
SQUIRREL HUNTERS – Midfield General Remix (7″) / Invisible Spies 2001
REGARDE KID ACNE (7″) / Invisible Spies 2002 
ZUB-ZUB ROCKERZ (7″) Electro Caramel 2003
RADIO MUSIC / HOOLIGAN 78 (12″) / Invisible Spies 2003
REALITY RAPS (12″ EP) / Invisible Spies 2004
WORST LUCK (7″, 12″) / Lex Records 2007
SLIDING DOORS (7″, 12″) / Lex Records 2007
EDDY FRESH (7″, 12″) / Lex Records 2007

MONGRELS Albums 
ATTACK THE MONOLITH (LP) / Invisible Spies 2016

MONGRELS Singles / EPs 
SLINGSHOTS (7″) /
C.U.Next Tuesday 1997
FRESH ARRANGEMENTS (7″) / Invisible Spies 2002
LOW BUDGET/HIGH CONCET (10″) / Invisible Spies 2015
YOU DIG RAPS? (7″) / Invisible Spies 2015

MONGRELS x BURGUNDY BLOOD  
…IN THE POP WILDERNESS (cassette EP) / Invisible Spies 2016

TOAH DYNAMIC Albums 
MOVEMENT (LP) / Invisible Spies 2000
COPS HATE OUR LOVE (LP) / Invisible Spies 2002

TOAH DYNAMIC Singles / EPs
HIP-HOP GYMKHANA (7″ EP) / C.U.Next Tuesday 1996
HARVEST FESTIVAL (7″ EP) / Invisible Spies 2000
SON OF A COPPER (7″ EP) / Invisible Spies 2000

 

FANZINES / SELF PUBLISHING 

1995
VELCRO GRASS #1 / Edition of 50

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

2001
ZEBRA FACE / Edition of 1000

2009
SMOKE & MIRRORS / Edition of 100

2010
STABBY WOMEN / Edition of 250

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

2012 
STAND & DELIVER / Edition of 200
COLOUR ME BAD Vol. 2 / Edition of 200
2014 
CALL TO ARMS / Edition of 500

 

SELECTED GROUP PUBLICATIONS

SCENES FROM THE INSIDE / Drat & Blast 1996

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

STREET LOGOS / Thames & Hudson 2004

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

WARPLabels Unlimited / Black Dog Publishing 2005

KASKAD / Robert Horne 2005

ALL ALLURE / Gestalten 2006

ART OF REBELLION 2 / Publikat 2006

BOOK ART – Innovation in Book Design / Rotovision 2007

STREET ART NEW YORK / Prestel 2010

NINJA TUNE – 20 Years of Beats & Pieces / Black Dog Publishing 2010

I AM PLASTIC TOO / Kid Robot 2010

ART OF REBELLION 3 / Publikat 2010

THE 3D ART BOOK / Prestel 2011

BEHIND THE ZINES – Self-Publishing Culture / Gestalten 2011

STREET ART – The Best Urban Art From Around The World / Michael O’Mara Books 2011

REINVENTING SCREENPRINTING / Roto Vision 2011

OISEAUX DE NUIT / Images en Manoeuvres Editions 2012

WE OWN THE NIGHT / Rizzoli 2012

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF STREET ART / Robinson 2012

IT’S A STICK UP / Laurence King 2013

HAPPY GRAFFITI / Cassell 2013

STREET MESSAGES / Dokument Press 2015

L’ART SE RUE / H’artpon Les Editions 2016

THE ART OF REBELLION 4 / Publikat 2016

CONTEMPORARY STREET GRAPHICS / International Design Network 2016

 

 

 

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