About

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 culmination of these interests informed the development of his own unique aesthetic, first documented in the seminal counter-culture tome, Scrawl (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. His art explores a variety of themes, from colloquialisms and typography, to mythology and architecture.  

Rendered in a distinct, illustrative style, Kid Acne’s work can be seen throughout the globe; from wheat-pastes in North America to museum walls in Western Australia. His images have adorned products for some of the world’s leading brands, while the man himself continues to paint epic slogans in the backstreets of South Yorkshire.

And he still has acne.

Photo: Alberto Blasetti

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
HAVE A WORD / S1 Artspace, Sheffield (UK)

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

2019
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS / Semi Skimmed Gallery, London (UK)

2018
LA BAGATELLE / Costume 3 Pieces, Paris, (FR)
WORD / Kult Gallery, Singapore (SG)
OUTDOOR FESTIVAL / Mattatoio, Rome (IT)

2017
ALTERED STATES / Saatchi Gallery, London (UK)
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 

2019
KID ACNE / Have A Word (Lex) Lp

2018
MONGRELS / Over Eggin’ It (Invisible Spies) 7″

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

2017 
BURN CITY – Melbourne’s Painted Streets / Hardie Grant

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