Kid Acne /   Edna

United Kingdom 1978


Kid Acne
United Kingdom
June 8, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Kid Acne is a modern day renaissance man – artist, illustrator, print-maker and sometimes, MC.  He was born in Lilongwe, Malawi in 1978. Acne’s formative years were spent painting graffiti, making fanzines and releasing DIY punk/hip-hop records. During this period he began to craft and developed his own inimitable style.

In the late 90’s Acne’s work was first published in the now seminal Scrawl tome, which documented the conversion of counter culture illustration, skateboard graphics and left-field graffiti, preempting what are now widely recognized as ‘Street Art’ aesthetics.

While studying Fine Art in Sheffield, Kid Acne’s work gained the attention of Warp Records executives who commissioned him to illustrate the LP sleeve for Plaid’s Rest Proof Clockwork in 1999. At the turn of the millennium, his work began to appear as the backdrop for major UK club nights and in style magazines throughout Europe, as well as customizing everything from knitwear in Yorkshire to pizza boxes in Paris.

In recent years Kid Acne’s illustrations have adorned products for leading brands such as Kenzo, Pradaand Elle, whilst his art can be seen throughout the globe, in wheat-pastes, murals and gallery shows from Beijing to Azerbaijan – most notably Kid’s first comprehensive retrospective held at Museums Sheffield in 2011, which attracted over 50,000 people.

Kid Acne is currently working on a series of short animations for Channel 4, for which he also provides the voice of the lead character, Zebra Face and is accompanied by a cast of British talent including Roots Manuva and Jarvis Cocker …and he still has acne.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014THE RETURN Galo Art Gallery, Turin, Italy Solo
2014STANDARD PRACTICEB&B Gallery, Sheffield, UKSolo
2014ADAPTATIONSGraffiti Life Gallery, London, UKSolo
2014WU TANG IS FOR THE CHILDRENLondonewcastle Project, London UKGroup
2013WINTER GROUP SHOWB&B Gallery, Sheffield, UKGroup
2012DAMN STRAIGHTInoperable Gallery, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2012STAND & DELIVER C.A.V.E Gallery, Los Angeles, USASolo
2012SCRATCH 17 Londonewcastle Project, London, UKGroup
2011CLOAK & DAGGEROther Gallery, Beijing, China Solo
2011KILL YOUR DARLINGS Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, UK Solo
2011RHYTHM IS A DANCERStolen Space, London, UKSolo
2011NIGHT BIRDSKenzo Showroom, Paris, FranceGroup
2011TERRAIN VAGUEPilori Museum, Niort, FranceGroup
2010WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS Concrete Hermit, London, UKSolo
2010DUST IN THE GIANT’S EYE Electrik Sheep Gallery, Newcastle, UK Solo
2010OIS’ EASY Helmet Gallery, Munich, GermanySolo
2010NEVER JUDGEStolen Space, London, UKGroup
2010SUMMER GROUP SHOWStolen Space, London, UKGroup
2009SMOKE & MIRRORSStella Dore Gallery, London, UKSolo
2009FLYING EYEBALLGallery 27, London, UKGroup
2008BROTHERS IN ARMSMini Gallery, Belo Horizonte, BrazilGroup
2007ALTERNATIVITYTruman Brewery, London, UKGroup
2007BESTIAL Iguapop Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2007REFILL SEVENMTV Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2006HIS LIFE IS FULL OF MIRACLESSite Gallery, Sheffield, UKGroup
2005PICTURE THISBargehouse, London, UKGroup
2005GIRLSMyymälä 2 Gallery, Helsinki, FinlandGroup
2004THE BIG DRAWMillennium Gallery, Sheffield, UKGroup
2004GRAPHICFredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2004APPLICATIONPerth Institute of Contemporary Arts, AustraliaGroup
2003BASEFIELDThe Commons, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2003SEXPO Hixept Gallery, Grenoble, FranceGroup
2001GRAFFITI: CONCRETE OR WALLPAPER?Swiss Embassy, London, UKGroup
1998GRAFFITI BASTARDS 2Custard Factory, Birmingham, UKGroup
1996GRAFFITI BASTARDS Custard Factory, Birmingham, UKGroup