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Trevor “Stickman” Stickel To Make Live Appearances This Weekend At Beatles On The Beach Festival in Delray

Updated: Jan 23

The Cornell Art Museum Cornell Art Museum will host an Exhibition of the celebrated artworks of Ringo Starr and Trevor “Stickman” Stickel, with live Artist Appearances scheduled FRIDAY, JANUARY 26TH 5-8 PM & SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH  4-6 PM .  The museum will be open throughout the festival and the Rock & Roll Art Exhibition is complimentary to the public.


Trevor "Stickman" Stickel's works live in the nexus of

technical prowess, poetic filth, and the romantic grit of the

rock & roll world. As an extraordinarily accomplished

painter, Stickman eschews the contemporary impulse of

peers to simply transpose photographs or pantomime

caricatures. Instead, under the heady influence of the

legends and lore of the rock & roll greats, he paints

freehand his transcendental juxtapositions of decadence

and darkness completely freehand to create masterful

works celebrating the mythology of his world of rock & roll.

And a vision of this world that is truly unparalleled in its


He fuses the technical precision of rock & roll pop Hyper

Realism with a romantic and expressive edge that

separates his work from that of his influences. For

Stickman, the photorealism of Sebastien Krüger or the

populist street style of Shepard Fairey, nor the

iconographic minimalism of Banksy were enough to convey

the dichotomy between the hazy iniquity of rock & roll and

the euphoric elegance of its heroes. In his constant search

for this expression, Stickman honed his singular style of

portraiture that harnesses organic form and movement to

manipulate the electricity of the subject that comes alive

with every brush stroke.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Trevor Stickel spent his youth

weaving the mythologies of the seedy underbelly of rock & roll into his unique visual style.

As Motley Crue’s two

second transition from “In the Beginning” transforms into

the lick for “Shout at the Devil,” the groundwork was laid

for rock & roll to take over his life. It wasn’t long before he

first laid eyes on the Kiss Destroyer album art - it was then

that Stickman knew his calling had come, and when the

universe speaks, he listens. Just like John Varvatos did for

fashion, Stickman synthesized low brow grunge with the

poetry of rock & roll to make high end urbanity, beginning

with works that prioritized expression, negative space and

liminality, such as . Of this he explains, “Miles Davis said

‘It’s not the notes you play; it’s the notes you don’t’, visual

artists have a similar relationship with the power of

negative space.”



His evolution as a painter can be seen in “Black Sunshine,”

where organic form, technical precision, and the dark

romanticism so characteristic of his most famous works

begin to coalesce into the immediately recognizable

Stickman style collected and exhibited all over the world.

The work “No. 9” blows away any artwork in the genre.

This is a parallel to the geographical nuance of his works

musicality. Stickman maintains that “London and New York

City give me the Punk vibes, in New Orleans it’s Jazz, and

of course Country in Nashville, but if you ask me, rock &

roll resides in Los Angeles.” The amalgamation of the rock

n roll mythologies of these global cities works to create an

unbroken ensemble of lore and poetry that represents the

sum of Stickman’s success as a painter, but more

importantly as an interpreter of the vibrant lives of rock &

roll legends past and present.

To Be Presented To Cheap Trick On Stage
"Didn't I Didn't I Didn't I" By Trevor Stickel

Like a three - piece suit in a dive bar, Stickman’s work

oozes swagger, and his skilled manipulation of a subject

matter suffused with romanticism, opulence and grit

stands out for its singularity in a saturated market.

This Artist lives and breathes and so captures his subjects.

His retreat into the meditation of the music and

mythologies of the history of rock n roll is more than his

painting, it’s his life force. The creation of his work is the

culmination of harnessing the legends people can only read

about, and his unique ability to translate an effusive and

lyrical vibe onto a canvas is transcendental meditation for

Stickman. You need only view Ballerina, You Must Have

Seen Her or Hey Man to see this contemplation at work.

Stickman says he is a wildlife painter. But instead of the

birds and the bees…he paints Keith Richards. Stickman’s

unique ability to translate the savannahs of the sunset

strip into visual masterpieces is the result of an intense

study of immaterial energy and a unique technical




Somewhere in between glamour, decadence and filth are the

liminal space I paint, I live for. It is the smokey blues bar where

the ghosts of Stevie Ray Vaughn haunt the high tops and Jim

Morrison leans on the jukebox. I paint a world ordered by the

mysticism and chaos of rock & roll, a cosmos and a refuge from

the structures and strictures of traditional painting where legends

live out their power and rebellion infinitely in my expression. My

medium is the mythology of icons and the realms of opulence and

obscenity they inhabited that shaped the grit of rock & roll.

The Rock genre was created on rebellion and a fight for freedom of

expression – as an artist, which is something I will always

champion. The visceral need to express the romance in the

juxtapositions of these worlds drives me to make visual the

landscapes and lore of rock & roll once relegated to the record

player – to capture the transcendental euphoria of stumbling out

of the Roxy and the Troubadour at dawn next to the immortal


Let’s get another round. - Trevor Stickel

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