British Artist SHOK-1: Spray Painting Unique X-Ray Art On Walls Around The World


SHOK-1 is a self-taught artist based in London who has been spray painting urban walls around the world during the last 36 years.  His graffiti are exceptionally popular, and thanks to his perfectly developed technique, he has become one of the most well-known figures in street art. He is one of the pioneers in Europe to expand the urban culture from New York. His unique X-Ray looks like a graffiti style presenting a kind of diagnosis of life in the 21st century, sometimes in glowing health and other times pathological.

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Darkly, beautiful and patiently worked with subtle layers, X-rays are one of the most difficult subject matters a painter could attempt. He applies delicate translucent washes of spray paint more akin to watercolor than the usual heavy usage of the medium. His obsession to perfectly paint every little detail is ever-present. No tape or stencils are used to render this translucent effect. Only his imagination, technical skill and more than 30 years of experience working on the walls gives as result such unique creations.

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Dark Magic – Spray printed on wall in the in the famous Passage Hébrard in Paris) 

SHOK-1 takes a look inside popular icons and symbols. In this case we can see how he creates his own version of the famous Keith Haring dog.

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(Dog with Bones – Spray painted on wall in a street close to the TATE Gallery in London)

An X-ray interpretation of the iconic ghost from Pacman is his most detailed and popular artwork to date.

(The Consumed – Spray painted on wall in the Dubai’s Jumeriah Beach area opposite the Hilton Hotel.)

He doesn’t only master the X-Ray effect in his wall paintings, He matches them creating a perfect broken glass illusion like in this master piece.

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(Stolen heart – Spray painted on wall in Shoredicth, London.)

As a creative person he uses different mediums to display and exhibit his own art. Doors, smoth and bricked walls are his most used and favorite medium to paint in, but he works on big sized canvas as we can see.

You might also like to read about Vincent Val’s Shadowlogy: Making Amazing Art With Mere Shadows


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