Beano Studios has unveiled a unique and bespoke piece of street art in the window of its London Fleet Street offices, today – an original artwork created by its licensee, the mysterious and anonymous graffiti artist known only as Sleek.
The Scottish based artist, whose identity is a closely guarded secret, produces his original artworks, limited editions and merchandise under license from Beano Studios.
A classically trained artist, Sleek’s style is the combination of street art with pop art, creating a fresh style which now hangs on the walls of celebrity homes and prestigious galleries across the UK.
Sleek created the newly commissioned artwork live in the window of the Beano HQ to the excitement of the passing public. Taking many hours to complete, the work was created with multi layers of graffiti and tags, using a mix of spray paints and hand cut stencils.
Angeles Blanco, director of global licensing at Beano Studios, said: “We’re delighted to unveil this unique piece, custom made for us here at Beano Studios and we look forward to seeing what Sleek will create for us in the future.”
Sleek, who is exclusively represented by fine art publishing house Covell Publishing, added: “It was amazing to be invited to London by Beano Studios to create this art installation and it’s a real honour to have my work displayed in the Beano London HQ window for two weeks.
“Beano and DC Thomson have always been a big inspiration to me so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to give them something back.
“Characters like Dennis and Gnasher are so iconic they remind the audience of their childhood and let them escape to a new world, as well as reminding adults that you’re never too old to have fun.”