Nick Flatt Sends Iconic Artworks Up in Flames

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Alison Pierz

We recently got a chance to stretch a great piece by Texas born artist Nick Flatt. Flatt hails from Dallas and is currently working as part of the fertile Berlin art scene. His numerous international exhibitions include stops in Berlin and London and, along with fellow street artist Cryptik, he created an Andy Warhol memorial mural in Los Angeles. His art often is often photorealistic and depicts stereotypical images that feel appropriated from advertising, but with more subversive comments and intentionally provocative titles.


Nick Flatt Giclee Print on Canvas Street Art Mona Lisa

Nick Flatt's completed stretched canvas in our studio

“Flatt whets the viewer’s unconscious appetite for consumption. However, their extreme, lascivious gestures distort our desire to the point of discomfort. By exposing the cheap triggers employed by these glossy glamazons, Flatt invites us to be repulsed by their honest unmasking.” *

The piece we stretched, "Revolution Porno" (2016), is part of a series in which the artist takes on icons of art and presents them literally going up in flames. The print we worked on is the artist’s version of the "Mona Lisa". It’s one of an edition of 20 giclee prints on canvas each hand-finished with spray paint, acrylic and oil and signed by the artist.

Nick Flatt painting Revolution Porno Mona Lisa Giclee print on canvas with flames
Nick Flatt working on the original "Revolution Porno" 


Flatt’s flame theme is seen in other works like, “F*ck Status Art” which depicts the burning of a Damien Hirst “dot painting”. “Revolution Porno 11” treats Vermeer’s iconic, “Girl with Pearl Earring” in the same way complete with flames and graffiti. On his process he says, “Damn near burned the house down creating the reference photo”


Nick Flatt Flames Damien Hirst Vermeer Giclee prints street art canvas

Two other works by the artist referencing Damien Hirst and Vermeer


Frames and Stretchers is fortunate to be afforded the opportunity to work with a wide variety of artworks from 100 year old abstract canvases to contemporary twenty-first century gallery installations. Nick Flatt’s work joins a growing list of street art works that have come through our studio doors here at The Clemente building at our location here on the Lower East Side. 




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