Well, you'll know by now that Eye Like doesn't do ordinary. So of course, our brand-spanking new artist is no exception! In fact, if you're looking for a unique urban original that makes you say "God damn I want that on my wall", Sam Stefan (a.k.a. "The Ripper") is most definitely the one for you…
Why the graffiti name "The Ripper" you may ask? Quite simply, he metaphorically 'rips' ideas away from the streets! (Graffiti tags, iconic imagery and text, shapes, stencils - you name it, he's most likely used it…) Although he starts his creative process with one main focus, for example an iconic building or person, his eye-popping urban style emerges from this melting pot of influences.
Ironically, although there’s an impulsive feel to the artwork, the process itself is actually far from spontaneous! "The Ripper" originally studied graphic communication at the Cardiff School of Art and Design, and it was here that he first started to experiment with art digitally. He began by layering various imagery and text on top of each other, but it’s over the past few years whereby he’s started to move away from the computer screen.
Sam's artistic process stills begins on the computer however; he aims to creates a rough visualisation by mocking up the final image, and this also acts as the base layer for the physical piece. Once this base has been pasted onto wooden board, he then lets other materials such as inks, spray paints and acrylics take charge. The result? The impact will quite literally smack you right between the eyeballs!
So let's get down to the nitty gritty... We're the first and only gallery to represent this outstanding artist, and as each artwork is created using a range of mixed media, the pieces are solely commission based. Yes, you heard right! You’ll get to choose the exact ‘focus’ of your original - whether it’s your long-standing favourite icon or a place of importance. Would you like a meaningful phrase or quote on yours? No biggie. Wish for a particular motif to be featured throughout the original? Done. Moreover, before "The Ripper" even starts to mock up the artwork for you, your personality and preferences are taken into consideration. Sounds incredible huh?!
'Battersea Power Station' Commission for an Eye Like Client - May 2018
So, it's a given that the enthralling concept and vibrancy of his art will turn heads in your home. But more importantly, you'll own a piece that's personal to you - and completely unique. So if you're crazy about what you see and hear so far (we don't blame you), and you're interested in commissioning an affordable original for your walls, get in touch now!
Eye Like Gallery.