Dennis the Menace special artwork on display in Fleet Street

Lovers of the Beano character in for a treat in the 'street of shame'

Beano Studios has unveiled a unique and bespoke piece of street art in the window of its Fleet Street offices created by one of their licensees; the mysterious and anonymous graffiti artist known as Sleek.

The Scottish-based artist, whose identity is a closely guarded secret, produces his original artworks, limited editions and merchandise under license from Beano Studios.

While being classically trained, Sleek’s style comes about by combining street art with pop art to create a new fresh style which now hangs on the walls of celebrity homes and prestigious galleries across the UK.

Sleek, created the newly commissioned artwork live in the window of the Beano HQ to the excitement of the passing public. Taking many hours to complete, the artwork was created with multi layers of graffiti and tags, using a mix of spray paints and hand-cut stencils.

Beano unveils a piece of bespoke street art by the mysterious, anonymous graffiti artist known as “Sleek” at their Fleet Street office. Photographer: Ali Tollervey

We featured the building, which is thought to have housed Sweeney Todd at one time, in an article on Fleet Street.

Angeles Blanco, director of Global Licensing at Beano Studios, said: “We’re delighted to unveil this unique piece, custom-made for us here at Beano Studios and we look forward to seeing what Sleek will create for us in the future.”

Sleek, who is exclusively represented by fine art publishing house Covell Publishing, said: “It was amazing to be invited to London by Beano Studios to create this art installation and it’s a real honour to have my work displayed in the Beano London HQ window for two weeks.”

It will be there for another 10 days.

Sleek added: “Beano and DC Thomson have always been a big inspiration to me so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to give them something back.

“Characters like Dennis and Gnasher are so iconic they instantly remind the audience of their childhood and lets them escape to a new world as well as reminding adults that you’re never too old to have fun!”

Another angle on the Sleek artwork. Photographer: Ali Tollervey
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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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