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STIKKI PEACHES: BELLO RODEO


STIKKI PEACHES IN BISBEE ARIZONA

May 25 - July 14, 2024





"Bello Rodeo" is an exhibition of original works by Montreal-Based street artist Stikki Peaches. Visitors to AF can see his work on display in Gallery 818 during the show, along with exploring AF’s newest permanent installation in the museum: A replica of Stikki Peaches' Montreal studio complete with paint encrusted clothes, his painting trolley and a huge original painting by Stikki of Jean-Michel Basquiat.


Join us for the opening of Bello Rodeo:


— Artist poster and catalog signing

— Limited edition “Bello Rodeo” merchandise available

— Stikki Peaches meet and greet

— New Stikki Peaches permanent installation in the museum



From Stikki Peaches


"BELLO RODEO"

In an alternate universe where legends collide, icons of film and music converge on the dusty plains of the Old West. Picture Billie Holiday strumming guitars alongside Amy Winehouse, Audrey Hepburn as the fearless outlaw, Clint Eastwood as the enigmatic gunslinger, and Johnny Cash as the wandering troubadour. As the sun sets on the frontier, these icons find themselves thrust into a tale of lust, vengeance and redemption. The scenery ignites with a fusion of grit and glamor, where the lines between hero and outlaw blur in a symphony of cinematic mastery. Against the backdrop of the sweeping countryside and haunting melodies, they must confront their demons and forge unlikely alliances to survive these ruthless landscapes, leaving audiences spellbound by the timeless allure of fame and fortune in the Old West.







About Stikki Peaches


Born in Montreal, Quebec, Stikki Peaches is a pseudonymous street artist known for his unique style that blends pop culture, street art, and social commentary. From larger-than-life portraits of music legends and film stars to whimsical mash-ups of beloved characters, his art evokes a sense of nostalgia and wonder, striking a chord with people from all walks of life. His style is rooted in the spirit of reusing and recycling, where a myriad of techniques are combined to reveal what can be thought of as “beautifully controlled chaos”. The artist’s use of layering and mixed media adds depth and texture to his work, inviting viewers to reflect on the intersection of art, media, and society. His artwork often incorporates elements of punk culture, music, style and attitude, reflecting his appreciation for the genre’s rebellious spirit. This influence adds a distinctive edge to his artwork and contributes to his unique artistic expression.


He gained recognition in the Montreal street art scene, where his thought-provoking pieces started to appear on walls, buildings, and public spaces in 2009. Throughout his career, he has remained anonymous, preferring to let his art speak for itself rather than revealing his true identity. This air of mystery has only added to his allure and has fueled speculation about his background and motivations.


His art has been exhibited in galleries around the world, bridging the gap between street art and the traditional art world. His work has also caught the attention of collectors and art enthusiasts alike, contributing to the broader conversation about the role of street art in contemporary culture. Despite the growing acclaim, he distances himself from elitism often associated with the contemporary art world and remains committed to the essence of street art: accessible for all to enjoy.


He sees art as an escape, an outlet that allows him to move away from what hinders his growth as an artist and as a human. His tagline “What if Art Ruled the World?” fits this context. This question echoes the artist’s stance, suggesting that conflicts and disasters affecting our society would have no basis if the world were governed by art.


Whether through his distinctive visual style, use of recognizable imagery, or his enigmatic persona, Stikki Peaches continues to captivate audiences and challenge artistic norms. His work serves as a reminder of the power of art to transcend boundaries and communicate messages that resonate with people, leaving an indelible impression on the world, one wheat-paste at a time.




Members: FREE

Non-members: $10 (includes museum admission)




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