Paul Insect’s clean yet chaotic work poses an enduring and existential question: who are we and how much of ourselves do we choose to reveal?
Insect’s slick and lively mixed-media works demonstrate the desire to reveal and to hide. The high-profile, reclusive artist, who has sold for upwards of $50,000 at Sotheby’s, is part of an illustrious street art clan alongside the notorious and ever-illusive, Banksy. Insect’s bracing paintings are a collision of colour, line and enshrouded faces with clear references to Dada, Pop Art and graffiti. Anonymous eyes, lips and noses are buried behind swabs of bright primary colours and bold patterns collaged and painted onto a single canvas.