by Julia Hennock in New Art on Wednesday 6 February 2008

‘Romantic street painting’ or ‘renaissance graffiti’? Joshua Petker spent years as a graffiti artist in California and Europe before painting portraits of ladies. But he hasn’t hung up his hoodie in favour of crustless cucumber sandwiches just yet. His work reeks of punk, with explosions of brash colours and bloody, textured details. And he often uses second-hand canvases, giving each piece a hidden history. [see also the work of Canadian artist, Dan Ryan]