Illuminati Neon - The Art Of Chaos


When British punk rock took over London’s cultural scene in the 1970s, the world turned up the volume and listened. Spearheaded by bands like The Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sex Pistols and The Damned, this ear-splitting fusion of anarchy and expression defined a generation. Its working-class angst spoke to one rebellious teenager in particular: Mark Sloper, the artist behind Illuminati Neon. Now collected by celebrities including Sir Elton John, Sting and Boy George, Mark – a noted documentary maker – moves in the same circles as some of showbiz’s best-known names. His new collection, The Art of Chaos , is a homage to the punk rock genre, featuring a selection of large-scale, mixed media artworks and two limited edition prints with a graphic that reportedly has the approval of the Queen herself. Featuring punk-inspired imagery emblazoned with neon, vintage memorabilia and song lyrics, his original

artworks have commanded the attention of the art world. In 2019, he was showcased at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery for their START Art Fair, which features some of the best emerging global talent. Hand-painted in oils and acrylics at his studio in Shepherd’s Bush, his fluorescent creations are just as anarchic as their namesake. The handblown glass neon is formed using a centuries-old technique, echoing the exhilarating mixture of modern and classical that shaped the punk rock aesthetic. Mark says: “Every piece tells a story about that transformative era: my experience of it, the people who made it and became my friends, and the honorary punks who personified its anarchy, chaos and rock ‘n’ roll long before the movement had a name.” Find out more about the collection online or at your local Castle Fine Art gallery.


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