Painter Stikstok gives a glimpse into another world, far from us in place and time. He displays his admiration of the dusky flesh and search for a lost paradise with tropical plants and oases. But his scenes also remind one of the present. There are unmistakable references to hip hop culture.
In a period where discussions about racism in society are getting more and more fierce, Stikstok’s paintings seem to have a political message. A painting of Sophia Loren, black faced for her role of an Ethiopian princess, appears like a protest against the domination of white people in culture.
Stikstok’s paintings above all remain investigations of the subculture he is a part of and the paradise he longs for.