Street artist Stik’s ‘tremendous act of generosity’

Stik with staff from the Homerton next to his mural there

Stik with staff from the Homerton next to his mural there - Credit: Archant

Street artist Stik has raised £50,000 for Homerton Hospital by selling 500 silk screen prints of a sleeping baby replicating a mural that he painted there.

Stik, who has painted his distinctive stick-figure characters across the globe from New York to Tokyo, spent years living on the streets before he found fame, where he came under attack from thugs on more than one occasion.

He wanted to do something to “give back” to the NHS hospital which he credits with saving his life on more than one occasion.

Over 500 people queued at the hospital in Homerton Row throughout the day to acquire a limited print and those disappointed at not getting a print were cheered up by the artist himself who gave each a personally signed poster of the mural painting.

Shaun Caton, art curator said: “This is an act of tremendous generosity from Stik. Gestures like this go to show that art is not elitist and can significantly enhance and improve the environment of a hospital courtyard, providing a landmark which is both fun and poignant.”

The money will go towards the neurological rehabilitation unit’s art room, to help rehabilitate patients with brain injuries, along with arts workshops for people with dementia at the elderly care unit.