ASKE aka SICKSYSTEMS
…is a Moscow-based artist who started his career as a graffiti writer in 2000. At the time in Russia there was practically no information available about graffiti in other countries, so the writers were more original and not so heavily influenced by foreign writers’ styles as today. The most important thing Aske learned from doing graf is that in order to be noticed one should stand out and try their best to be original.
Looking for more ways to develop his art, Aske began exploring graphic design and digital graphics. During this period of time he had further developed his easy-to-recognize style drawing inspiration from his passion for graffiti, typography, geometric forms, Constructivist abstraction, science fiction, Lego and video games. His unique style has become quite popular in Europe and North America, and resulted in many interesting collaborations with such prominent companies as Nike, Sony PlayStation, Stussy, Computer Arts Magazine, Montana Cans, Beautiful/Decay Apparel etc.
Today Aske is one of the best-known young artists representing Russia on the international graphic design scene. In 2010 Print Magazine, USA chose him along with other nineteen young graphic artists from all over the world for their special annual issue called New Visual Artists—20 under 30.
Despite the fact that Aske’s style is currently in demand and he is involved in some interesting commercial projects, his first priority is to push his art forward and explore new art forms. From graffiti to graphic design, from letter-based graphics to more sophisticated compositions, Aske has been constantly developing his art. Now with his vast experience in digital graphics Aske is taking it one step further experimenting with transposing his digital work onto material objects; over the last few years he has created a couple of foamed polystyrene sculptures, tile plywood artworks, canvases, and many more.