Shok-1’s Wonderful Rainbows

shok-1 x-rainbow barbed wire street art paintings on walls
X-Rainbow (Barbed Wire)

Since 1984, the streets of London have been graced by the artwork of Shok-1.  The technically impressive and experimental drawings in a number of styles that the self-taught artist creates made him a household name (in those households who appreciate the work of graffiti artists) long ago.  Last year Shok-1 had a solo show at London’s Pictures on Walls Gallery“X Rainbow”, which exhibited a focus more commonly associated with “the art world” than with street art.  Paintings of rainbow-hues bones, insects, and barbed wire, a rainbow skeleton, and several abstract images  comprise the show which celebrates life, creativity, and challenges the view to look closely at the objects, notice differences, or just notice how beautiful these oft-ignored necessities are.  As part of the show Shok-1 made a series of murals using his special lit-up rainbow technique – as you will see, the paintings look much like x-rays, back-lit from behind somehow even though they are painted on a black wall.   Take a few minutes to look through the work of a master craftsman and technical wizard and  to go to Shok-1’s flickr page to see more of the work from “X Rainbow” series and much, much more.  [For a chuckle, I suggest the ‘Beautiful Bird’ series.]

Shok-1 x-rainbow underdog foot x-ray mural london pictures on walls
X-Rainbow (Underdog)
shok-1 x-rainbow spine bone street art paintings on walls
X-Rainbow 7 (Spine)
shok-1 x-rainbow resting pieces street art paintings on walls
X-Rainbow 10 (Resting Pieces)
shok-1 x-rainbow bones street art paintings on walls
X-Rainbow 1
shok-1 x-rainbow bluebottle people street art paintings on walls
X-Rainbow 9 (Bluebottle People)
shok-1 x-rainbow jacks battered life syndrome street art paintings on walls
X-Rainbow 6 (battered life syndrome)
shok-1 x-rainbow bones prism street art paintings on walls
X-Rainbow 3 (Prism)

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