Meet Mik… and his Bic


Leeds-based musician, comedian, writer and performance poet Mik Artistik describes art as his original passion. He has exhibited extensively throughout his career including his Self Portrait with CD Case at the National Portrait Gallery and is represented by Opus Fine Art. His band Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip have performed at the likes of London Fashion Week, Glastonbury, Latitude and Port Eliot.

His Brown Paper Bag series began back in 1983, when Mik started approaching strangers (oh and Paul Weller) and asking to draw their portraits, in biro, on brown paper bags.  For ART FLEA, these portraits and the stories that Mik has collected from his subjects along the way form his installation Baggit. “I’ve made a living doing portraits on brown paper bags for thirty years, seeking out my subjects in pubs, shops and even funeral parlours. I’ve drawn everyone from tea-ladies to tramps and even the odd celebrity. I love the fact that everyone ends up on a paper bag… the great common denominator.” Mik will be armed with his biro at ART FLEA, come and be ‘bagged’.