ThankYouX began his artistic journey on the streets of Los Angeles, spray painting stencils in homage to Andy Warhol. While those stencils were his initial calling card, gaining him a significant cult following - as well as celebrity fans from Demi Moore to Paul McCartney - they only scratched the surface of his multifaceted artistic identity. As his notoriety grew to international acclaim, the scope of his expression evolved to contemporary abstract images that stand in striking contrast to the more conventional graffiti-inspired street-art paradigm. ThankYouX went on to exhibit paintings and sculptures in London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Hong Kong. But he has more recently attracted the attention of the art world cognoscenti with his mixed media cube paintings and large scale abstract work. "The cube patterns had me feeling that rush again," he enthuses. "Change is good, it was fresh - it was important for me to challenge myself, and so I moved on from the image based focus point." Notably, he was the official artist of the 2016 Global Citizen music festival in New York (curated by Coldplay's Chris Martin); and he recently completed an artist residency at Soho House in West Hollywood in 2018. But 2019 finds him introducing his work to entirely new audiences. Indeed, he'll be in Biarritz, France on June 12 for his collaboration with Indian Motorcycles - along with fellow artists including Risk and D Face. And following that, ThankYouX arrives in New York for a solo exhibition and opening night reception on June 20, at the BlackBook Presents gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn. "I have done a few group shows in New York," he explains, "and I felt like now was the time to do a proper show. So I was thrilled when BlackBook called about the solo exhibition; they really listened to my vision and were just as excited as I was to do it."
ThankYouX’s work is collected by Elon Musk, Zedd, Paul McCartney, Wiz Khalifa, Drew Taggert (The Chainsmokers), Evan Spiegel (CEO, Snapchat), Lil Jon and Miley Cyrus, amongst others. Ryan Wilson is from Huntington Beach, California and lives in Los Angeles with his wif
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