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KID ACNE 

BORN – Lilongwe, Malawi 1978

LIVES & WORKS - Sheffield, UK

Kid Acne is a modern day renaissance man – artist, illustrator, print-maker and sometimes, MC. His formative years were spent painting graffiti, making fanzines and releasing DIY punk/hip-hop records. During this period he began to craft and developed his own inimitable and deceptively simple style.

In the late 90’s his work was first published in the now seminal Scrawl tome, which documented the conversion of counter culture illustration, skateboard graphics and left-field graffiti, preempting what are now widely recognised as ‘Street Art’ aesthetics.

While studying Fine Art in Sheffield, his work gained the attention of Warp Records executives who commissioned him to illustrate the LP sleeve for Plaid’s Rest Proof Clockwork in 1999. At the turn of the millennium, his work began to appear as the backdrop for major UK club nights and in style magazines throughout Europe, as well as customising everything from knitwear in Yorkshire to pizza boxes in Paris.

In recent years his illustrations have adorned products for leading brands such as Kenzo, Prada and Elle, whilst his art can be seen throughout the globe, in wheat-pastes, murals and gallery shows from Beijing to Azerbaijan – most notably his first comprehensive retrospective held at Museums Sheffield in 2011, which attracted over 50,000 people.

He is currently working on a series of short animations for Channel 4, for which he also provides the voice of the lead character, Zebra Face and is accompanied by a cast of British talent including Roots Manuva and Jarvis Cocker.

…and he still has acne.

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SELECTED CLIENTS
Kenzo / Prada / Levis / Volkswagen / Mercedes Benz / Beck’s / Elle / Kid Robot / Warp Records

 

SOLO SHOWS

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

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SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

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

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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
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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

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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
SLINGSHOTS (7″) / C.U.Next Tuesday 1996
FRESH ARRANGEMENTS (7″) / Invisible Spies 2002

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

 

 

 

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