Panik

Born and raised in Camden, north London, Panik started painting graffiti in 1999, influenced and propelled by the DIY attitude and energy of the many subcultures swirling around the city streets at the time. 

Teaming up with the late  Jan ‘Aset’ Francis and others, he learned his trade in the North-West London graffiti crew ATG who dominated the scene in the early Noughties. By the mid 00’s Panik had acquired the title of the ‘Rooftop King’ for his daredevil willingness to go to great heights in order for his work to be seen.

Although briefly attending Central St. Martins as a student, Panik didn’t gel with the formulaic approach to learning art and soon left to pursue his own path. 2005 marked a watershed moment in Panik’s career as he turned to large-scale murals and studio work. It was at this time his trademark faces began to appear which he uses to this day to explore social issues and the day-to-day complexities of modern life. 

Panik has developed an artistic flair that’s wholly his own. His style often reflects his roots, fusing London and European graffiti styles of the early 00’s with a naturally-acquired approach to painting that dances between the lines of surrealism, abstract expressionism and psychedelic art.

Using mixed media, including his own photography as a starting point, Panik’s work often highlights the beauty and hidden story behind some of the world’s, sometimes overlooked, day-to-day features. Combined with a highly developed visual language, this creates a unique and unpredictable style informed by 20 years of accumulated artistic and street-level experience.

Panik has exhibited in London, Paris, Amsterdam and New York, and been commissioned by the likes of Nike, Adidas and Moncler, all the while continually painting on the streets worldwide. In 2017 he was invited by Banksy’s Walled Off hotel in Palestine. Here, alongside Jan Francis, he painted the 100ft long “Stand Taller Than Walls” mural along the dividing wall with Israel.

Panik’s focus on social issues doesn’t just stop at his artistic expression. He prides himself on the work he regularly does with youth and community projects, specifically the NW5 Play Project Youth Centre in North London. With the centre being so close to where he grew up, he regularly looks to inspire and support the local youth of his old neighbourhood and beyond to use creativity as a positive release of their energy, much in the same way he used graffiti when he was younger.