Paul Insect’s paintings peer into an uncertain world filled with masked people armed with unnerving glares. Viewers must reflect on their own small space in an ever-shrinking world, questioning whether one fits in as dreamer or viewer. Insect made a name for himself as one of London’s original street art trailblazers, first in 1996 with his collective, Insect, which created flyers for raves and parties in the East End. He then broke out as an individual artist with his first solo show in 2007. His gallery work takes the form of abstract portraits in distant landscapes, mixing his street aesthetics with bold colors, Pop imagery and puppetry.
BEYOND THE STREETS New York, 2019. Photo by Dan Bradica.