Faust solo show at Upstairs Gallery at the Entrepreneurs Store
There are few artists who simply need no introduction, whose craft is so distinct that it appears otherworldly. Faust is one of these, a true master craftsman whose hand is the envy of both graffiti writers and professional calligraphers alike. From the stickers of New York postal boxes to working with some of the most prestigious companies in the world (New Era, Nike, Spotify and Faberge) Faust’s career is built upon a foundation of beauty and skill.
So, for that alone it is beyond exciting to find out that he will debuting his first ever solo show in a couple of weeks, in England. Starting June 5, the Upstairs Gallery at the Entrepreneurs Store in Stoke-on-Trent will play host to an exhibition, a limited edition print run and a new mural (opposite the gallery). While the exhibition itself will conclude on July 29, the owner and director Rob Fenton hopes that the mural itself will act as a catalyst, inviting new street artists into the city to revive the area through their ‘New Horizons‘ project, which has previously seen artists such as Vibes and Krek, to create permanent murals in the city centre.
While Stoke-on-Trent may seem like a fairly innocuous place, the choice of this new gallery to host such an event is important for a few reasons. Like a lot of the UK north, Stoke-on-Trent was once internationally renowned as the birthplace of an industry, with the ceramics it produced becoming collector’s items worldwide. But, through outsourcing and the ebbs and flows of the market, the industry soon moved on — leaving behind a city ripped of its identity and primary means of livelihood. Despite this, over the past few years, multimillion pound investment into business infrastructure and the arts have heralded a dramatic shift in the cultural landscape of the place, with several creative companies coming to the forefront – the Faust exhibition and mural aim to further add to this shift, further bolstering the creative engagement of the general public across the city.