"I hold the Big Issue’s work in high regard, giving people hope and a sense of purpose at the worst times of their lives. Amazing that it’s been around for nearly 30 years, now needed more than ever during COVID. From my IconInk series originally featured by Saatchi and Jealous Galleries in London, in my graphic style of clean black lines of tattoos as symbols and the halo giving saint-like status to the working class hero, symbolising tolerance, acceptance, peace, love and hope."
**Please Note: Print production will commence at the end of the sales window. We will dispatch all prints as quickly and safely as possible but delays may occur. Goods are normally dispatched within 30 days. As per our experience shipping previous prints, due to the current global changes, some deliveries (especially international ones) can take as long as 8 weeks from the dispatch date and sometimes even longer. Whilst we endeavour to do so, we can't guarantee delivery before Christmas.**
Archival pigment print, printed on 300gsm minuet archival cotton rag. Paper Size 42 x 28 (cm), signed and numbered by the artist. The artwork will be on sale as an open, timed edition from 26th October 2020 - 10th December 2020 and the edition size will be dependent on demand during this time period.
Born and raised in Glasgow, Rugman moved to London in 1996 to study at Chelsea Art College and stayed, making London his home. A graphic artist by trade his early roots are in the commercial art world and fashion industry. While working and traveling to make a living, he has been either locked away in his studio in Hackney Wick painting his pop-style canvases or papering and stenciling the streets of East London. Rugman's art has been exhibited internationally - he’s been involved in both solo shows such as Saatchi Gallery’s “Sister, Mother” and groundbreaking group exhibitions such as the Cans Festival 1 and 2, organised by Banksy and Pictures on Walls, alongside the world’s leading street artists.
His designs and art are championed by actor Tom Hardy, worn and collected by comedian and writer Tim Minchin, actors Eva Green, Tom Davis, and Stephen Graham, and musicians Maveric Saber, Mikill Pane, Ben Drew (a.k.a. Plan B), Joey Bada$$, Howllett of The Prodigy, Travis Barker of Blink 182, and Grant Nicholas of FEEDER.