DANK brings light to west London

Illustrator, animator and artist DANK (that’s Dan Kitchener, abbreviated) is thinking big for his forthcoming solo show, taking a series of huge canvas works to west London’s Graffik gallery.

Light fish.
Light fish.

Focusing mainly on his cityscapes and Tokyo pieces, the work shows the artist’s fascination with light play – creating emotive expressions of busy night-time streets.

The works draw on DANK’s travels around Japan and east London, with a particular focus on Brick Lane.

There will also be a number of exclusive Geisha prints on show.

Geisha image from Tokyo neons series
Geisha image from Tokyo neons series

Inspired by comics, sci-fi movies, monster flicks and 1960s war films, Billericay-born DANK cites artists such as Georgio de Chirico, Simon Bisley, James Jean and Ashley Wood as influences.

‘I think I am inspired by artists that can draw well, something I rate very highly’, he told Global Street Art magazine

‘I feel it’s vital for an artist in any field or medium to have drawing as a basic skill. For me, everything I do starts in the sketchbook, no matter what the final outcome, it’s sketches in my sketchbook, I draw at every spare moment I have, it’s my first language!’

Hood
Hood

Past projects have seen him work with a diverse range of people including Sir Paul McCartney, Kylie, Calvin Harris, Lenny Kravitz.

DANK’s show will run from June 27 – July 7 at Graffik Gallery 284 Portobello Road, London W10

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