City of Stories IV by Sakko
City of Stories III by Sakko
City of Stories II by Sakko
City of Stories I by Sakko
Land Of Legends II by Sakko
Land Of Legends I by Sakko
You always know an artist of any description is going to imagine and produce some magical, mysterious and highly original work if they’re referred to by the single name. Banksy, Zinsky, Inam, Shazia, Temper, Speering and Lhouette in terms of contemporary artists, whilst Houdini, Sting and Prince spring to mind when mulling over entertainers in the wider world (and avoiding naming rappers with made up (single) monikers). Another such creative soul to add to this list is that of Sakko, and when we suggest that Sakko is big time artistically innovative in his use of colours and unique presentational techniques, we mean it. Inspired by the artist’s home city of London Sakko’scityscape and famous landmark-peppered street and river scenes are painted directly onto Perspex in either oils or acrylics. Or a heady concoction of both. His unusual medium and material application requires Sakko to paint in reverse, so it can be viewed through thereflective surface rather than on it, which gives a depth and lustre to each of the popular contemporary artist’s luminescent images.

Indeed, Sakko’s scenes of London are something to visually behold, and throw altogether new light; dimension and depth to what without such lavishing fuel the casual observer’s imagination, yet with this approach and application take the viewer on an altogether unprecedented illustrative journey. Mostly engineered from various artistic vantage points dotted along the capital city’s famous South Bank, Sakko’s alluringly decadent, dramatically visual realisations of London are without pictorial equal in our book. St Paul’s Cathedral, The Gherkin, The Millennium Walk, The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Lambeth Bridge, Tower Bridge…..they’re all there to marvel at through Sakko’s eyes on this famous and instantly recognizable corner of the world.

Compositionally cementing his love for London, it’s not surprising to learn that Sakko lives there, and only a mere short walk from the House of Parliament at that, which means he has these enticing vistas almost on his doorstep on a permanent basis. Yet this is all a far cry from the scenes and influences behind his early pieces, which depicted the fascinating Middle Eastern cities of his childhood, and remains to this day one of the two very diverse worlds that he knows and loves best. Sakko has never lost sight of his culture and homeland, as well as benefitting from an interest and great respect for its history. A combination of ancient and modern radiates through Sakko’s seminal pieces of art, whether they be toweringly informative and candescent visual descriptions of the Middle East or closer to home, here in London.

Vibrant golds, ochres and midnight blues are pillaged to recall the dazzling luminous qualities of the ancient manuscripts, while Sakko’s precise contemporary approach to form and style still pictorially anchors his compositions in the 21st Century. Sakko lists both Cezanne and Matisse as his artistic inspirations, both post-impressionism painters who bridged that movement and Cubism and Fauvism respectively, and goes on to confirm that he considers the pair as his creative role models. Having said that, Van Gogh’s ‘Stubble Fields’ is Sakko’s favourite painting of all time we learn.

As we mentioned earlier, Sakko’s imaginative approach to his particular brand of art is centred around dimensional qualities that manifest themselves when the materials are applied to the reverse of a transparent surface. The artist favours oils and acrylics to achieve his desired look and feel, whilst Perspex is his surface area of choice, and one which lends itself to naturally magnetising and reflecting back the light to such sublime effects. Yet Sakko’s technique is painstaking to say the least, as this unconventional method requires that the image has to be created in reverse, so that the top layer is administered first, before subsequent layers are constructed piece by piece until the background is complete.Sakko admits that inspiration for his works are sought and compiled simply by everyday experiences, and no pre-ordained or prescribed thoughts, deeds or experiences as such and that ultimately inspiration is all around us in our daily interactions.

Sakko took much interest in art from an early age according to the man himself, whilst at school he experimented with watercolours and clay and received much encouragement from his teachers during his secondary education who saw the potential in him and even foresaw a future career as a professional artist. Sakko’s work is hugely popular and has found new homes in private collections across the globe, as his reputation as an innovate contemporary artist continues to grow. What’s more, Sakko’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at galleries and museums Europe-wide to date.

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