Born in Croyden in 1974, George Ioannou shot to fame in the 1990s creating iconic and sometimes controversial pop-art images utilising his own trademark style and technique.
Many have tried to emulate his style since, but Ioannou is the original creator of ‘Gangster Art’. Today he has a worldwide following with many celebrities choosing his work to grace their walls.
His earlier and perhaps most popular works, depicted iconic imagery from cult movie scenes such as Al Pacino in Scarface and Robert De Niro playing Jake La Motta in Raging Bull. These works led to Ioannou becoming one of the UK’s most collected artists. Ioannou cites his early inspiration as coming from his comic book heroes of the 60s and 70s. His first series of work was ‘Gangster Art’ where he painted the films and film stars which had inspired him personally the most.
He works mainly with acrylic on canvas, but has also used unusual techniques including spray paint, metal fabrication and even a shotgun. Accessible to all, Ioannou has been internationally recognised in the art press and his work has been referenced alongside that of Andy Warhol. In 2005/6 he was listed as one of the Top 10 selling artists in the UK.