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Paul Insect

High-saturation musings on freedom and identity from a faceless art world maverick.

“There are two sides to people: the side you want everyone to see, and the side you would rather keep to yourself.”

Paul Insect questions identity, both who we are and who we choose to be. His mixed-media works meld portraiture and abstraction with paint, print, collage and sculpture. Figures wear balaclava-like masks surrounded by energetic brushstrokes and bold graphic shapes. The compositions evoke Dada and Pop Art, and make clear nods to Insect’s roots as a graffiti artist. But behind the fun and playful fa...

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Paul Insect (he/him), also known as PINS, was born in 1971 in the south east of England. He now lives and works in London.


The artist has collaborated with street art stablemates Banksy and Bast, produced album art for DJ Shadow and received commissions from festivals including Glastonbury and The Lost Horizon.

Did you know?

In 2007, Damien Hirst bought the entirety of Bullion, Insect's solo show at London’s Lazarides Gallery, before it even opened.

Collaborations with Paul Insect

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