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Rik Catlow  Charlotte, NC


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About Rik


Growing up just miles from New York City helped feed my constant need to see new things. One thing that has fueled my current work is urban scrawl. Graffiti on the sides of buildings, posted bills on a construction sites, and lampposts layered with stickers promoting propagandists. The city is a constantly evolving organism that has its own unique beauty. You can walk down a street in Lower Manhattan and see urban walls tagged with graffiti and walk down the same street a week later only to find that it is vastly different. The majestic signage and layered landscape of typography that is the city is amazing. I seek to create an image that makes you feel like you’re on a city street being bombarded with advertisements, street signs, and discarded paper.

The thin-line between tragedy and comedy is also pervasive in my art. It is amazing how broad the spectrum of humor has, It is a delicate balance between what some people will find offensive and others Brushes waiting to be used.find absolutely hilarious. It is a tight rope I love to traverse and when I’m able to make someone smile or laugh I feel I’ve accomplished my goal.


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The missus and I have picked up a few of Rik's pieces over the past ~5 years and have loved watching his style change over time. He's a super nice guy, truly one of the nicest artists I've dealt with.

Some of our work by Rik

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