We’re pleased to announce the return to Aberdeen of Elki, creator of the infamous Bag Piper stencil on Jopps Lane – one of the longest standing pieces of stencil art in The Granite City.
During the early 2000’s tags and stencils began appearing around the city centre and down numerous back alleys. A policewoman, DJ and a bag piper all painted in the same style became signposts that something exciting was happening on the city’s streets. All of these pieces, produced in the same vein as Banksy’s early works, were created by Elki during his time living in Aberdeen. A move down South curtailed his street art exploits but behind closed doors he continued to hone his craft, operating from his studio in Glasgow.
Over the last 15 years Elki has developed a unique, photorealistic style using hand-cut stencils – no mean feat considering the number of layers required for each piece. He has produced work with reference to numerous subcultures associated with street art, graffiti, sneaker and DJ culture. He also enjoys throwing in the odd bottle of whisky!
Having made the move to legal walls and commissions, Elki has been able to develop his work to produce some of the best stencil pieces in Europe over the past few years. Although his style and execution may have changed since those early days in Aberdeen, Elki still nods to iconic images such as the much-loved Bag Piper with the odd bit of tartan here and there.
We are honoured to bring Elki ‘home’ for Nuart Aberdeen 2018!