Kill Your Darlings
Kid Acne is probably one of the most divers artists represented by NNE. He began painting graffiti at the age of twelve, spent his teenage years creating underground fanzines and is now wheatpasting and rap-spraying around the globe.
This summer Kid Acne will return to his home town Sheffield to present his solo show Kill your Darlings at the Millenium Gallery. Showcasing the sheer diversity of Kid Acne’s work, Kill Your Darlings will feature comic books, record sleeves, flyers, fanzines, sketch books and screen prints, as well commercial commissions such as skateboard graphics, vinyl toys and porcelain figures. The exhibition will also debut a series of new work, including large scale sculptures, paintings and a live-action short film.
Museum Sheffield explains: “Kill Your Darlings is a motto used by writers to describe the painful process of cutting cherished characters or scenes which don’t serve their overall story. Revisiting some of the iconic creations which have helped to establish Kid Acne’s international reputation, the show will celebrate the DIY ethic and often transitory approach he has refined over the years. Murals, illustrations and sculpture will trace the development of his work and show how he has carried the wit and subversion from his days as a graffiti artist and fanzine creator through into adult life as a designer, artist and musician.”