Every once in a while, you stumble across an artist who changes the way you think about a medium or material. The first time I saw Logan Hicks' stencil work, I had one of those revelations. Although the practice of stenciling—cutting out some paper and spraying paint over it—is simple, Hicks takes the process to a whole new level with breathtakingly detailed paintings.
Hicks' ability to meticulously cut out the tiniest of details in his stencils never ceases to amaze me. His ability to not break the paper stencils in the process, however, is still more astonishing. Make sure to watch the two videos of his cutting and spraying processes—I'm sure you'll be just as impressed.
Dave Seliger is a Postgrad Fellow in Logistics and Ext Affairs at the NYC Office of Emergency Management. He has extensive experience helping firefighters, police officers, and disaster responders improve their services through design.