Craig R. Stecyk III is arguably the most important artist in the Beautiful Losers project. His installation in the show was a showstopper ... and hands down we received more positive feedback on that piece than any of the others. Scroll to the next image to see his Losers installation. Stecyk's body of work is massive - he has extensively photographed California culture for decades: custom car culture, surfing, skateboarding. In addition to his photography practice, Stecyk draws on various California subcultures to produce bright, vibrant works on paper. These works often have a hand airbrushed background with a silkscreen image on top. The Losers print here is representative of this work. Scroll to see his print installation in the Beyond The Streets exhibition.
As an original member of the Dogtown skateboard gang, Stecyk changed the look and attitude of skateboarding forever. His documentation of the 70s Dogtown scene altered the lives of a generation, catalyzing the rebel spirit of skateboarding to flourish. The modern skateboarder archetype owes a great deal to Stecyk.
Craig R. Stecyk III Untitled, 2004 Hand painted custom airbrush, double sided silkscreen and pencil on extra thick white acid free archival paper 20 x 16 inches Edition of 200 Numbered and signed by the artist
Published on the occasion of the exhibit “Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture”, 2004-2009