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Kid Acne

Kid Acne

BA (Honours) Fine Art (Combined and Media Art), Class of 2000

Since graduating from Sheffield Hallam, Kid Acne has developed a global profile as an artist and musician.

His artwork has been exhibited in galleries across the world, from New York to London's Brick Lane. It can also be spotted in Sheffield, with notable work on London Road, in Nether Edge and at the back of the Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield. 

His designs have also been used by a wide range of brands, including Prada, Kenzo, Brompton and Warp Records. 

In 2019, Sheffield Hallam supported the Have a Word exhibition, Kid Acne's first solo show in Sheffield in five years. 

Official biography


Kid Acne is a UK-based artist, illustrator, print-maker and emcee.

His formative years were spent writing graffiti, self-publishing fanzines and making experimental hip-hop – invariably designing and printing the record sleeves by hand. The culmination of these interests informed the development of his own unique aesthetic, first documented in the seminal counter-culture tome, Scrawl (Booth-Clibborn Editions, 1999).

A stalwart of the international Street Art movement, Kid Acne has painted large-scale murals across continents and exhibited extensively over the past two decades. His art explores a variety of themes, from colloquialisms and typography, to mythology and architecture.  

Rendered in a distinct, illustrative style, Kid Acne’s work can be seen throughout the globe; from wheat-pastes in North America to museum walls in Western Australia. His images have adorned products for some of the world’s leading brands, while the man himself continues to paint epic slogans in the back–streets of South Yorkshire.

And he still has acne.

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